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October is National Mental Health Month. The AVA has partnered with SuperFriend - an organisation that specialises in designing workplace mental health initiatives, to assist us in developing a comprehensive veterinary wellness strategy for the profession.
Scientists at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, have confirmed Hendra virus can be found across a broad region of the country, after uncovering a previously unidentified type of Hendra virus in flying foxes in the southern and western states.  
October 4th is World Animal Day, an annual event that aims to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. As leaders in animal health and welfare, veterinarians play a key role in the pursuit of this objective.  
The Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) recently made an interim decision to expand the current Schedule 5 entry for lidocaine, to include specifically targeted injectable solutions, at up to 2% concentration, for the pain relief of lambs or calves undergoing animal husbandry procedures.
On September the 7th 2021 the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA)  proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard, due for decision in November 2021. Of concern to the veterinary profession is the proposed amendment to meloxicam.

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