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.

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Thursday, September 16

1:10pm AEST

Updates on vaccine research: Pig Microbiota – what this means for M Hyo and the respiratory tract
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Prof Maria Pieters

University of Minnesota
Maria Pieters Maria Pieters obtained a DVM degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela, a PhD from the University of Minnesota, and performed post-doctoral studies at the Institute for Genomic Biology of the University of Illinois. Dr. Pieters is a faculty member with the Swine Group... Read More →

Thursday September 16, 2021 1:10pm - 2:10pm AEST

2:10pm AEST

Zoetis Presentation
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Zoetis offers pork producers an industry leading range of solutions to help pigs stay healthy, resulting in a more efficient and profitable operation. From vaccines, antiparasitics to antimicrobials, Zoetis has available the broadest and deepest line of products to meet the needs... Read More →

Thursday September 16, 2021 2:10pm - 2:20pm AEST

2:20pm AEST

High Throughput Sequencing: diagnostic options for the pig industry
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Stacey Lynch

Agriculture Victoria
Stacey Lynch is a Senior Research Scientist, Microbial Sciences, Pests and Diseases, at Agriculture Victoria.Her primary focus is to deliver applied scientific outcomes through viral diagnostics and pathogen surveillance, to support animal and public health and underpin biosecurity... Read More →

Thursday September 16, 2021 2:20pm - 2:40pm AEST

2:40pm AEST

Clostridial Diarrhoea
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

3:00pm AEST

Longitudinal genomic and AMR characterisation of Pasteurella causing clinical infection in Australian pigs
Lower-respiratory disease involving Pasteurella multocida has costly repercussions for pig producers. We screened a five-year Australian sample collection to identify vulnerabilities useful to its management.

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Mr Alec Truswell

PhD Candidate, Murdoch University’s AMRID Laboratory
Alec Truswell is a PhD candidate studying livestock infectious disease out of Murdoch University’s AMRID Laboratory in Western Australia. His research is centred around the development and use of high-throughput robotics for the surveillance and management of infectious disease... Read More →

Thursday September 16, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm AEST

3:20pm AEST

Elanco Presentation

Thursday September 16, 2021 3:20pm - 3:30pm AEST

3:30pm AEST

Innovations + Beers: WTF is that? Building confidence in data from farms (Ben Linn) & Recent learnings from eradication programs (Greg Tuckett)
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Dr Ben Linn

Vet & Stock Consulting
Dr Ben Linn undertook his veterinary studies at the University of Adelaide, graduating from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in 2015. Following this he also undertook a post-graduate Masters degree majoring in Agricultural Consulting at Charles Sturt University. He currently... Read More →
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Dr Greg Tuckett

Strategic Health Manager, Rivalea
Greg Tuckett is Strategic Health Manager at Rivalea where he oversees Veterinary Services for the company and the production of 20,000 sows and their progeny. A strict adherent to the principles of Heavy Metal pig vetting, he approaches his work with an intensity that will melt your... Read More →

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Australian Pork Limited

Australian Pork Limited (APL) was formally registered as a company on 23 May 2000 following extensive industry consultation and the overwhelming support of Australian pork producers. APL represents the amalgamation of three separate predecessor bodies, the Australian Pork Corporation... Read More →

Thursday September 16, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm AEST
Thursday, September 23

3:10pm AEST

Surveillance and control of Antimicrobial resistance in Australian pigs
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Prof Sam Abraham

Murdoch University
Prof Sam Abraham is an Associate Professor in Microbiology at Murdoch university with research in antimicrobial resistance in animals. He leads the Antimicrobial and Infectious Diseases (AMRID) Laboratory, a next-generation research facility based at Murdoch University designed to... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 3:10pm - 3:30pm AEST

3:30pm AEST

Reducing AMU on farms
Reducing AMU on farms – Experiences with reduction of antimicrobial use on Australian pig farms across multiple health statuses, housing types and environmental conditions within a large integrated producer.

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Dr Bernie Gleeson

SunPork Farms
Bernie Gleeson graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from The University of Sydney in 2002. He then completed a Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Studies, studying ruminant medicine, also from The University of Sydney in 2003.Prior to studying Veterinary Science Bernie... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 3:30pm - 3:50pm AEST

3:50pm AEST

Delivering drugs in drinking water: recent research
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Dr Steve Little

Capacity Ag Consulting
Dr. Steve Little BVSc MANZCVS GradDip AgribusSteve graduated from the University of Melbourne vet. school last century. After 30+ years working in the stockfeed and animal production sectors in field and technical management roles and as a consultant, Steve returned to the University... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 3:50pm - 4:10pm AEST

4:10pm AEST

Session Break
Thursday September 23, 2021 4:10pm - 4:20pm AEST

4:20pm AEST

ASF Preparedness
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Dr Kirsty Richards

SunPork Group
Dr Kirsty Richards is a veterinarian with the SunPork Group, Australia’s largest pig farming integrator with more than 50,000 sows under management. Kirsty is an experienced pig veterinarian, member of Australian Pork Limited’s (APL) ASF technical panel and in 2020-21 undertook... Read More →
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Dr Andrew Pointon

Following a research career in pig health and food safety in the SA government, Andy now runs a veterinary risk assessment consultancy business.His main areas of technical work involves application of risk assessment approaches to food safety and biosecurity. He is also the:Executive... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 4:20pm - 5:00pm AEST

5:00pm AEST

Disposal options on Farm
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Dr Kevin Wilkinson

Director, Frontier Ag and Environment
Dr Kevin Wilkinson has more than 25 years research and consulting experience in biosecurity and sustainable agriculture. He holds adjunct academic positions at the University of Queensland and Deakin University. He has conducted research on carcass disposal in response to exotic... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 5:00pm - 5:20pm AEST

5:20pm AEST

Session Break
Thursday September 23, 2021 5:20pm - 5:30pm AEST

5:30pm AEST

Update on porcine circoviruses of importance in pig medicine
Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) was initially detected in the late 1990s in North America and Europe associated with a post weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome in pigs. Furthermore, the term “porcine circovirus diseases” (PCVDs) was proposed to define diseases linked to PCV2 which currently include PCV2 systemic disease, PCV2 reproductive disease, PCV2 subclinical infection and porcine dermatitis and nephropathy syndrome (PDNS). Porcine circovirus type 3 (PCV3) has been recently described and linked to PCVD-like scenarios, however experimental evidence is yet to be presented to support this association.

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Dr Oliver Gomez-Duran

Global Technical Manager Swine, Boehringer Ingelheim
Oliver is a veterinarian dedicated to the prevention of swine diseases through management, biosecurity and vaccination. He received his DVM from the University of Zaragoza in 1990 and his PhD from the University of Liverpool in 1996. His professional life has included working in mixed... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 5:30pm - 6:30pm AEST
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