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AVA Webinar

22 September 2020

African Swine Fever: How will private practitioners be involved in a government control program?



How will private practitioners be involved in a government control program for ASF?
This webinar is free for all AVA members.
To register please email – research@australianpork.com.au


Who should attend

Veterinarians, Vet Nurses, Practice Staff

Learning outcome

African Swine Fever is one of the most feared pig diseases worldwide. It includes fever, anorexia, profound listlessness and death with haemorrhages throughout the carcasses and high mortalities. Initially described in Africa in the 1920s, major outbreaks were seen in Europe in the 1950s. The reappearance in 2007 in Europe has taken on an epidemic status in Europe and Asia. Now found as close as Indonesia and PNG this disease has the potential to devastate the Australian pig industry. While the disease is severe, the slow emergence of clinical signs in most herd situations make early diagnosis critical but difficult.  Veterinarians will play a key role in diagnosing this disease and in any control program.


Dr David Champness

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David is currently the A/Principal Veterinary Officer – Emergency Animal Disease Preparedness, while his substantive role is as Principal Veterinary Officer – Livestock Biosecurity with Agriculture Victoria, based in Hamilton. After almost 20 years in veterinary practice he joined the Department providing policy, technical and practical advice on a range of livestock management and disease issues. He recently has been involved in planning roles in the African swine fever preparedness program and the Avian Influenza eradication program in Victoria.



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