Animal Disease Investigation Training
Intensive 2 day training courses
Agriculture Victoria is offering a two day course in animal disease investigation for private veterinary practitioners. The course aims to enable participants to confidently and competently investigate animal disease events through a combination of theory and practice. The theory sessions are highly interactive involving animal disease case studies, set tasks and short presentations; the practical sessions focus on the conduct of a safe, systematic, comprehensive ruminant necropsy.
Who should attend?
This course is designed for veterinary practitioners who work in either large or mixed animal practice in both rural and peri-urban areas in Victoria. Practitioners working in peri-urban areas of Melbourne and regional centres, who see livestock infrequently, are encouraged to apply.
Day One topics include:
- How to prepare for a successful investigation and using Agriculture Victoria's resources to help you.
- Using 'Population Medicine' concepts in the real world.
- How not to miss anything (including the diagnosis) and avoid common mistakes
- How to manage your time and energy, and still get the detailed history you need
- Conceptual frameworks that make the most complex disease events easy to solve: i.e. practical field epidemiology
- Tips and tools that can make the difference between success and failure
- How to describe, interpret and photograph post mortem findings.
Day Two topics include:
- How not to acquire a zoonotic infection
- How not to spread disease around the locality
- How to store, transport and set-up your equipment
- How to open up a carcass
- How to collect high quality, uncontaminated samples and take useful photos
- Common mistakes when performing necropsies and how to avoid them
- Getting samples to the laboratory safely and in good condition
- How to sharpen a knife.
Course structure and duration
This is an intensive, two day training course that will be delivered four times during 2019 in Bendigo:
- 25 – 26 March 2019 (Monday – Tuesday)
- 28 – 29 March 2019 (Thursday – Friday)
- 1 – 2 April 2019 (Monday – Tuesday)
- 4 – 5 April 2019 (Thursday – Friday)
Day 1 of the course runs from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm, followed by an evening session from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
Day 2 of the course runs from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.
You will have two of the following Agriculture Victoria tutors for the courses:
- Professor Grant Rawlin, Veterinary Pathologist
- Dr Stephen Pefanis, Field Veterinarian
- Dr Mark Hawes, Veterinary Pathologist
- Dr Will Hume, Field Veterinarian
- Dr John Gibney, Field Veterinarian.
Training costs will be met by Agriculture Victoria. All meals and accommodation associated with course delivery will also be met by Agriculture Victoria. Participants will need to make their own transport arrangements to / from Bendigo.
Participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate of completion and will be eligible to claim 15 structured activity CPD units.
How to apply
Applications must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (03) 5430 4520 by COB Monday 11 March 2019.
Please use the separate application form. Successful applicants will be notified shortly after the closing date. Note that places are limited – there is a total of ten participants per course.
Download the 2019 animal disease investigation course application form .
Contact for further information
Mrs Liane Holm
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Ph: (03) 5430 4558