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Perth hosts national training for emerging wildlife disease risks

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Friday, 12. May 2017 - 8:00

Emerging wildlife diseases were the focus of a training workshop for veterinary pathologists held in Perth last month.

The workshop, hosted by the Department of Agriculture and Food, was the final in a national roadshow featuring international and interstate veterinary experts. The two-day training session was led by University of Sydney veterinary pathologist Cheryl Sangster with guest speakers from around Australia.

“Being able to recognise and respond promptly and effectively to emerging wildlife diseases is a critical capability for those working in the wildlife and livestock sectors,” Dr Sangster said.

“How quickly we can detect wildlife diseases and how we respond to them can have wide-ranging effects across agriculture, health, environment and trade.

“By sharing knowledge and exploring case studies from Australia and around the world, this series of workshops was designed to give veterinarians and other wildlife professionals the tools to rapidly detect and respond to emerging disease risks in Australian wildlife.”

Department senior veterinary officer David Forshaw, who coordinated the Perth leg of the workshops, said the annual event provided an important opportunity for animal health experts in WA to meet and share information.

Other issues explored at the workshop included disease investigation tools and techniques, global emerging wildlife diseases, emerging fungal diseases in Australia and local research projects.

The training workshops were presented by the Australian Animal Pathology Standards Program, an initiative of the Australian Society for Veterinary Pathology, and Animal Health Australia, and were supported by Wildlife Health Australia.

Wildlife Health Australia National Coordinator Tiggy Grillo, Department of Agriculture and Food senior veterinary officer David Forshaw and University of Sydney veterinary pathologist Dr Cheryl Sangster.

Wildlife Health Australia National Coordinator Tiggy Grillo, Department of Agriculture and Food senior veterinary officer David Forshaw and University of Sydney veterinary pathologist Dr Cheryl Sangster.

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