Thursday 18 November

Workshop-based day, limited to 30 places.

Friday 19 November

8am: African Swine Fever | TBC

9am: ASF and truck biosecurity | Bruce Welch

9.20am: All things feed and disease | Michael Brooks

9.40am: What vets can do day-to-day for farm biosecurity | Will Halliday

10.30am: Plenary | Sam Hazledine

11.30am: M. bovis | Mary van Andel

11.50am: M. bovis | Edwina Thirkell

12.10pm: What role can vets play in large-scale animal disease response in NZ | Amira Mikhail
What potentially devastating exotic animal diseases are lapping at New Zealand shores? Does NZ have the resources and skill-base to handle and respond to a large-scale animal disease incursion? As veterinarians, what can we do to prepare and what roles might we play should Foot and Mouth Disease or African Swine Fever be confirmed in New Zealand? We’ll do a quick overview of what to expect, and our importance as veterinarians, during a large-scale animal disease response in NZ.

1.30pm: One health | TBC

2pm: One health | TBC

2.30pm One health | TBC

3pm: One health | TBC

4pm: One health in everyday practice | Kurt Arden
The challenges of working in large animal clinical practice with a ‘One health’ approach.

4.30pm: One health panel discussion | TBC

Saturday 20 November

8am: Modernisation of food safety inspection | Sergio Ghidini

8.30am: Mission Rabies App | Andy Gibson

9am: BVD | Carolyn Gates
An estimated 15-25% of dairy herds and 45-55% of beef herds in New Zealand are actively infected with bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) virus costing the industries more than $150 million per year in direct production losses. This presentation will review the strengths and limitations of the methodological approaches that were used to build the business case for eradicating BVD from New Zealand cattle herds.

9.30am: Leptospirosis | Jackie Benschop
It is well recognised that understanding zoonoses requires collaboration between medical and veterinary scientists, but the value of te ao Māori and social science in zoonoses research is often not considered. Leptospirosis is a globally important multi-host, multi-pathogen zoonosis which despite extensive nationwide intervention measures, remains an unacceptable burden on New Zealanders particularly those living in rural communities. I will present our work on leptospirosis to illustrate the many joys and few tribulations of interdisciplinary research.

10.30am: Poultry health | Sabrina Greening
Despite the growing popularity in keeping backyard poultry, very little is known about their health and management practices or the level of engagement between backyard poultry owners and veterinarians. This presentation reports on the progress of developing a centralised information system for backyard poultry and how it may be used in the future as a tool for not only poultry owners but also veterinarians, researchers, industry and MPI.

11am: Working dogs | Naomi Cogger
Many of New Zealand’s 25,000 sheep and beef farms could not be farmed economically if they did not use dogs to move stock. Despite the value of these dogs, until recently there has been little research to understand their health and welfare. In 2008, the Working Dog Centre was formed to help address the gap. This presentation will describe the epidemiologic studies that have been conducted, discuss the methodological challenges, and highlight the future research needs.

11.30am: Covid-19 and trade disruptions | MIA

11.50am: Covid-19 and trade disruptions | MPI

12.10pm: Zoonoses | Hilary Burbidge
This presentation will cover some of the zoonotic diseases present in New Zealand from a medical doctor viewpoint. Such infection rates are reportedly low in the overall picture of human health concerns and some have been successfully eradicated. The talk will focus on the potential risk factors and briefly describe related symptoms. Potential reasons for “missed diagnoses” will be discussed.

1.30pm: Update on animal welfare regulations | Richard Wild
New Zealand was the first country in the world to recognise animal sentience in its animal welfare legislation – the Animal Welfare Act Amendment Bill 2015. The Amendment Bill also allowed for the development of Regulations to improve the range of compliance tools available to the regulator additional to Codes of Welfare or prosecution under the Animal Welfare Act 1999. This presentation will discuss the experience of MPI in developing and implementing the Care and Procedures Animal Welfare regulations as an additional tool in the response to animal welfare issues in livestock production species. It will also discuss the developments in animal welfare science. The 5 Domains model is now increasingly used to assess the welfare status of a wide range of species in quite different circumstances. The model facilitates a structured, systematic evaluation of animals negative and positive experiences the overall balance of which underlies their welfare status or quality of life. MPI and NAWAC are currently reviewing the Codes of Welfare and there is an expectation that sentience and the 5 Domains Model will be to the forefront as these Codes are reviewed.

2pm: The 5 Domains | Nikki Kells
The Five Domains model is a well-recognised framework for identifying animal welfare compromise and enhancement. This presentation will provide a brief history of the origins of the model, followed by an overview of the most recent iteration of the model. The practical application of the model will be discussed, along with its advantages and limitations.

2.30pm: Emergency management (CIMS) | Jess Shelgren

3pm: Pig welfare | Bruce Welch

3.30pm: Lead in water | Andrew Pearson & Jeane Nicolas

3.50pm: Salmonella | Joanne Thomas

4.10pm: Listeria | TBC

4.30pm: Vibrio outbreak in mussels | Piers Harrison

4.50pm: Honey | TBC