Abstracts: Exploring the attitudes of backyard poultry keepers to health and biosecurity

Backyard poultry producers have been associated with outbreaks of exotic (e.g. avian influenza) and endemic (e.g. Salmonella) disease all over the world. Currently in the UK the registration of small flocks (less than 50 birds) with local authorities is voluntary therefore there is not an accurate record of how many […]

South Australia home to inflatable field hospital

An inflatable veterinary field hospital has been launched in South Australia in the hopes it will help provide swift treatment to animals during the state’s most dangerous fire season. The tunnel-shaped hospital is an initiative of SA Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM), a volunteer response and recovery agency which aims to […]

Abstracts: A questionnaire study of parasite control in thoroughbred and standardbred horses in Australia

BACKGROUND: Information regarding parasite control practices currently used on Thoroughbred and Standardbred studs in Australia is lacking. Anthelmintic resistance (AR) is a global problem which has implications for equine health and welfare. OBJECTIVES: To identify parasite control practices currently used on horse studs in Australia and investigate the frequency of use […]

Abstracts: Population characteristics of cats adopted from an urban cat shelter and the influence of physical traits and reason for surrender on length of stay

Measures aimed at reducing the length of stay (LOS) of cats in shelters can promote animal welfare and more efficient use of resources. The extent to which variables shown to impact LOS are broadly applicable is unclear. The aim of this study was to describe a population of cats adopted from an […]

New hope for wombat disease control

Long-term wildlife disease control and eradication is a major challenge for wildlife conservationists worldwide and has rarely proved successful. It is especially difficult when disease is caused by pathogens able to be transmitted through the environment, such as the sarcoptes scabiei mite that causes sarcoptic mange in bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus […]