Veterinarians that work with pigs make important and global contribution to society by ensuring adequate and safe food is available, while still maintaining the health and welfare of pigs. In addition, pig veterinarians are extending the scope and delivery of veterinary science by becoming involved in training programs for pig producers, quality assurance programs, and establishing and managing production systems and global disease prevention.

This years Australian Pig Veterinarians Virtual Conference brings together the profession with 7 hours of high quality CPD and delves into the questions encountered in the veterinary practice and industry today. It is an event not to be missed and offers a flexible and on-demand virtual format.

On-demand videos of the entire conference will be available for registered delegates until 23 March 2022. Please be logged in to watch the talks.

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Thursday, September 16 • 2:40pm - 3:00pm
Clostridial Diarrhoea

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Clostridium is a broad genus of bacteria found in most environments globally. It includes human and animal pathogens that produce toxins that cause severe, and often fatal, diseases, with high economic burdens to both clinical and agricultural sectors. Diseases include enterotoxemia, necrotic enteritis, pseudomembranous colitis, and antibiotic-induced diarrhoea. Clostridia cannot be eradicated from the environment because they form spores, and transmission can occur from animals to humans, supporting a ‘One Health’ link between these pathogens. The toxins produced by clostridia define the disease capacity of the infecting strain, thus, immunisation with toxoid or bacterin-toxoid vaccines can be protective. However, toxins are highly variable between strains, making vaccination ineffective. This talk will describe how clostridial toxin and infection studies are performed at Monash University, and how they assist in developing new strategies to tackle these ever-changing pathogens.

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Dena Lyras

Deputy Director of the Biomedicine Discovery Institute and President for the Australian Society for Microbiology, Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute
Professor Dena Lyras is the Deputy Director of the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University and the President for the Australian Society for Microbiology. She was awarded an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship in 2021. Her laboratory studies gut pathogens... Read More →

Thursday September 16, 2021 2:40pm - 3:00pm AEST