Australian Pig Veterinarians (APV) 2019 Annual Conference


The 2019 Australian Pig Veterinarians conference is your conference of 2019

Who should attend

Aimed at Australasian pig veterinarians, researchers and those involved in the Australian pig industry, the 2019 APV conference will have an emphasis on current and key industry and veterinary issues facing the Australian pig industry.

Learning outcome

This year the major theme of our conference is Antimicrobial Stewardship in pigs. While we as the APV committee have chosen an international speaker to headline this topic providing an in depth look at the UK’s voluntary approach and systems for recording usage, we will also have presentations from Australians looking at systems for monitoring use and reducing antimicrobial use in the face of disease here in Australia.


Dr Amanda Nevel
Our keynote speaker in 2019 is Dr Amanda (Mandy) Nevel who is a Senior Veterinary Manager at the UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). The Board is actively engaged with livestock farmers, vets and supply-chain stakeholders in building sustainable animal health and encouraging the responsible use of all medicines to ensure good health and welfare of farmed animals. Mandy’s career in pigs started by spending a year working on an outdoor pig unit before completing a degree in Animal Physiology and Nutrition at the University of Leeds. She followed this with her veterinary degree at the Royal Veterinary College and then spent four years in farm animal practice before completing her PhD in reproductive physiology of the sow. Following a year in Canada, she returned to the UK to work for Pfizer, working on farm animal vaccines. She then returned to an academic position at the RVC to set up a farm animal pathology unit in 2003 and has continued her research into infectious diseases of pigs including PCV2 and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae. She has published papers on both these diseases, pleurisy, pig health monitoring, Hepatitis E and immunocastration and was President of the Pig Veterinary Society in 2015-2016. She is an RCVS assessor for Pig Diploma and Specialist Status.

Further details

Other speakers will talk on a range of topics including- cover change management on farms; the first diagnosis of Atypical Porcine Pestivirus in Australia; pathogenesis of Lawsonia infections, Australian practitioner case studies; and, importantly there will be a session  scheduled on exotic diseases and African Swine Fever (ASF). The session will provide an update on the current situation on ASF and technical sessions will reflect the major priorities for the industry at the time of the meeting. It will also provide an opportunity to review the outcomes of the scheduled ASF Summit planned for early May.

Please click here to view the registration brochure.

ACCOMMODATION at conference rates (book by Friday 5 July)

Pullman Cairns International Reservations:

Telephone: 07 4050 2152

Conference Code: AVA/AVP Conf

Room Only Rate:

City Mountain View Room - $219.00 per night

Full Buffet Breakfast Rate - $22.00 per person

Australian Pig Veterinarians (APV) 2019 Annual Conference

Pullman Cairns International
17 Abbott St
Cairns 4870 QLD
Start: 31 July 2019, 12:00PM
End: 2 August 2019, 2:00PM
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