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Mycoplasma bovis panel session for veterinarians

Monday, 11 June 2018  
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The Government's recently proposed phased eradication of M. bovis  from New Zealand has major implications to dairy and beef cattle veterinarians.

The NZVA in conjunction with it’s special interest branches the Society of Dairy Cattle Veterinarians (DCV) and Society of Sheep and Beef Cattle Veterinarians have collaborated to create an M. bovis panel.

When: 4.30pm Tuesday 19th June 
Where: Heaphy Room 3 – Claudelands Event Center
Who can attend: All veterinarians. Conference registration is not required to attend this panel session.

The concept is to specifically get veterinarians together and to leverage off other veterinarians who are or have been close to the M. bovis action.

The panel will provide useful information and offer an opportunity for a veterinary specific question and answer session that will be different to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) M. bovis meetings set up for farmers.

It is critical that veterinarians are a strong united front when working with farmers and other stakeholders on this difficult and emotive disease eradication process.

Panel members

The panel will consist of veterinarians who have all been heavily involved with different aspects of the M. bovis outbreak and response.

NZVA president Peter Blaikie will introduce the discussion and give an overview of NZVA work to date.

Mark Bryan - VetSouth: NZVA Board, Panel Chairperson
Helen Beattie - NZVA Chief veterinary Officer
Andrew McFadden - MPI
Merlyn Hay - VetLife
Matt O’Sullivan - Vet Centre, Oamaru
Adam Hittmann - Vetora

The conference Happy Hour starts at 5.30pm in the exhibition hall and has been extended until 7pm. People are welcome to get a drink and return to the panel room to continue the discussions.

The DCV dinner follows the panel discussion and the bus leaves for the dinner venue at 7pm.

There will be no recording or media at this meeting.