The Department of Agriculture and Food has recently welcomed field veterinarian Andrew Larkins to its Albany office.
Dr Larkins graduated from Murdoch University and previously worked in the Manjimup region as a private practitioner.
He also has experience working overseas in India, Africa and the United Kingdom and has a particular interest in zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be transmitted between humans and animals) as well as the economic impacts of disease.
Dr Larkins’ work will support the department’s continuing on-farm surveillance and disease investigation capacity for producers in the Great Southern region.
“We are committed to assisting farmers to find the causes of conditions that affect the health of their livestock,” Dr Larkins said.
“A confirmed diagnosis helps to ensure correct management or treatment of livestock health issues and that in turn leads to increased profits for farmers.
“It also provides evidence to trading partners of our freedom from diseases that are of trade significance.”
Most recently, Dr Larkins has been working to assist cattle producers and private vets in the Great Southern who suspect the endemic disease bovine anaemia due to Theileria orientalis group (BATOG) may be present in their herd.
Dr Larkins is available to investigate livestock health or production issues and collaborates closely with private vets to achieve accurate diagnostic results.
He said subsidies were available for producers to assist with the cost of laboratory testing and veterinary services as this surveillance data was important to verify our biosecurity status. Search ‘disease investigation’ on the department website agric.wa.gov.au for more information.
Dr Larkins can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +61 8 9892 8530.
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