Thursday 18 November

Workshop: So what do these test results mean? And is the treatment I’m about to recommend right | Scott McDougall, Chris Compton & Mark Stevenson

Limited to 30 - pre-registration required.

Friday 19 November

8am: African swine fever: a New Zealand perspective| Lynsey Earl, Leigh Sinclair, Andrew McFadden & Mark Eames
A New Zealand perspective on the African Swine Fever pandemic. A short description of the disease followed by the current global distribution, situation in the Pacific region, including response to outbreaks in Papua New Guinea, and the measures that MPI are taking to manage the risk of entry to New Zealand. Also, a discussion on post-border surveillance for ASF and modelling disease spread in NZ’s feral pig population..

9am: African swine fever and truck biosecurity | Bruce Welch
Transport biosecurity is an important factor that impacts heavily on the potential for spread of both exotic diseases in outbreak situations and endemic disease present within New Zealand. Examples of measures taken in other countries as well as those employed in some sectors in New Zealand (with the pig industry as the primary subject) are shared along with concerns and opportunities facing the NZ livestock sector.

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: Find, contain, control (Mycoplasma bovis) | Amy Burroughs
Since its first detection in New Zealand in 2017, to date there have been a total of 268 properties confirmed as infected with Mycoplasma bovis. A single total does not describe the epidemiology of the infection nor the progress the M. bovis Programme has made towards eradication. Here the what, where and how surrounding these infected farms are discussed as well as an explanation of what lies ahead in terms of achieving the three goals of MPI, DairyNZ, and Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s M. bovis National Plan.

12.10pm: The importance of veterinarians during a large-scale animal disease response | 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: Antimicrobial stewardship in human health: time to lift our game | Sharon Gardiner
Antimicrobial use drives antimicrobial resistance. In contrast to animal health, antimicrobial use in human health in Aotearoa New Zealand is high, and much is inappropriate.This presentation will outline our initial fragmented antimicrobial stewardship efforts in human health and highlight the significant gaps that need to be filled to help slow progression of antimicrobial resistance. his includes a need for leadership, co-ordinated activities, tools, benchmarking, and collaborative working within and beyond the human health sector.

2pm: One health | Nigel French

2.30pm One health | Warren Hughes

3pm: One health | Mark Bryan

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 | Tennielle Ellingham, Nigel French, Warren Hughes, Kerry Mulqueen & Oliver Reeve

Saturday 20 November

8am: Modernisation of meat inspection | Sergio Ghidini
Meat inspection was born at the end of the nineteenth century in Germany in order to stop the transmission of tuberculosis, brucellosis and cysticercosis from animals to men via food. It was an easy and effective task that veterinarians could perform just by using their senses in slaughterhouses. Though these “classical” hazards still present they are nowadays managed in different ways and the hazards that meat inspection have to cover have totally changed with new ones not showing specific symptoms. Such hazards require moving from the control of the final product to an integrated control of meat production chains. Moreover, other areas such as animal health and welfare have to be covered by modern meat inspection. Italy is working on an integrated system called CLASSYFARM to cover all these subjects.

8.30am: Game changing phone apps for rabies control at scale | Andy Gibson
Rabies continues to have a dramatic impact on the lives of people at the margins of society around the world, but the virus remains largely out of the limelight and fails to gain the traction needed to ignite large-scale control efforts. This talk presents the experience and operational research findings of Mission Rabies, working to understand and overcome the remaining practical obstacles to implementing effective control strategies. Particular focus will be given to the transformative technological innovations revealing the true extent of the problem at the field level and creating opportunities for ours to take leaps toward global elimination of the canine rabies virus.

9am: Building the business case for BVD eradication: methodological approaches | 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: Towards understanding leptospirosis: an interdisciplinary approach | 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: Backing our backyard poultry: opportunities and challenges | 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: What 15 years of research tells us about farm 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 | Rochelle Ferguson

12.10pm: Zoonoses: from the other side | 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 five domains model for welfare assessment | 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: CIMS: coordinated incident management systems | Jess Shelgren
How can a CIMS response impact veterinarians? Can they help? Do they know when to get out of the way? This communication will explain CIMS, how it works and how veterinarians can help prepare for unforeseen events, help clients and communities prepare their businesses, animals and animal production units as well as be aware of what may be required of veterinarians whether to assist or stay out of the way.

3pm: Pig welfare | Bruce Welch
The housing regulations in place in various countries around the world and the range of NZ housing systems are discussed. Sentient-based approaches to assessing pig welfare are being explored globally and hold potential to further improve the welfare of farmed pigs. Changes in housing to accommodate these approaches can at times precipitate conflicts with provision of the 5 freedoms. These need to be identified and managed carefully to achieve the best overall welfare outcome for the pigs.

4pm: Lead in water | TBC

4.20pm: Implications of Salmonella Enteritidis infections and its control measures | Kat Govender
This presentation provides a snapshot of Salmonella Enteritidis cases in animals and humans in New Zealand over the past two decades. Focus is placed on the latest incursion that involved animals and humans. It highlights the implications of Salmonella Enteritidis infections which can negatively impact human and animal health, food safety and overseas market access. It was therefore crucial that control measures be implemented to mitigate these risks.

4.40pm: Vibrio outbreak in mussels | Piers Harrison