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Each year Global Handwashing Day has a theme and this year it is a ‘clean hands – a recipe for health’. This is an opportune time for us to remember that many diseases can pass from animals to humans and threaten public health, such as Q fever, Hendra virus and avian influenza are just a few.
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) recently undertook an extensive recruitment exercise and is pleased to announce our new CEO will commence in December 2018. Mr Corey Snell brings a wealth of senior executive experience in the not for profit and public sectors primarily in health and aged care.
The positive effects that pets have on people have been well-researched. From research conducted by the University of Manchester suggests that pets can help people who are living with a mental illness to manage their condition.
The peak body for veterinarians, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is reminding pet owners that like humans, pets can suffer from mental illness and it’s important that we keep a watchful eye on the mental health of not just people, but also their pets.
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is asking owners to make sure their dogs are up-to-date with their vaccinations with a high risk of exposure to parvovirus at this time of year.
With the warm weather now in play and the high season for ticks, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is encouraging pet owners to talk to their veterinarian now about ways to prevent serious harm or death from toxic ticks.
New South Wales Department of Primary Industry has advised a positive Hendra virus case was diagnosed on a 4-year-old Arab cross located near Tweed Heads.
It’s not uncommon for pets to display anxious or frightened behaviour at the veterinary clinic. This can make trips to the vet stressful for all involved.
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) says that breed is not a good indicator of behaviour and that legislative decisions in relation to managing dog bites should be based on evidence and science.
As a nation full of pet lovers, many Australian households have a mix of both children and pets. But successfully integrating a pet into your family or successfully getting your pet to accept a newborn into the house can take some thought and consideration.

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