AHC vetcommunique September AHC21 - edition 2012/2

Animal Health Committee 21 Face to Face, 11-12 April 2012

Welcome to the Animal Health Committee (AHC) newsletter for animal industry bodies. The aim of the Vetcommunique is to provide a communication link between AHC and industry bodies.

AHC meetings are attended by the Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) of the Commonwealth, States and Territories, the New Zealand CVO and representatives from Animal Health Australia (AHA), Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), Animal Division (DAFF),  Animal Biosecurity (DAFF) and Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC). National Industry association representatives and industry representatives from the host jurisdiction also attend an AHC industry forum.

AHC meets on 17-18 October 2012 in Fremantle, WA. Dr Ian Roth is the New South Wales Chief Veterinary Officer and AHC Chair for 2012.

Further information on the structure of AHC can be found on the Animal Health Committies page.

Key Outcomes from AHC21 Face-to-Face Meeting 

Industry involvement at AHC21 face-to-face meeting

Representatives from the Animal Health Australia Industry Forum attended a joint session with AHC on Wednesday 11 April 2012. Issues discussed at this joint session included Theileriosis, Foot and Mouth Disease, Schmallenberg virus and Johne’s Disease.


AHC considered the issues surrounding Theileriosis in NSW and the importation of buparvaquone which has been shown to be an effective treatment for Theileriosis overseas.

Foot and Mouth Disease:

The use of FMD vaccination during an outbreak was discussed. A national policy on the use of vaccine in an FMD incident was agreed.

AHC members received a presentation from Australian Pork Limited (APL) on the current biosecurity activities being undertaken through APIQ è, the pork industries quality assurance scheme. The scheme provides standards for management, food safety, animal welfare, biosecurity and traceability. A system called PigPass exists to collect data to identify areas of risk which allows APL through APIQ è to develop targeted programs.

Schmallenberg Virus:

DAFF advised industry that a draft policy is being finalised to manage the risk of Schmallenberg Virus. Further research and development is taking place in Europe and the OIE is setting up a working group to develop long term arrangements.

Johne’s Disease:

The revised OJD management program devised by industry is under further development. Management of BJD is progressing. AHC has advised that discussion around endemic disease program funding has begun ahead of discussions with industry later this year.

Other issues discussed by AHC:

  • AUSVETPLAN Response Policy for Avian Influenza (AI) and Newcastle Disease (NCD) – Work is progressing in both these areas.
  • National General Surveillance Stakeholder Engagement Plan- AHC agreed to a series of meetings in the jurisdictions to familiarise local industry with the outcomes of the GSEWK Group.
  • Enzootic Bovine Leukosis Finalisation of National Program- Details are being finalised to enable declaration of freedom from EBL in the national dairy herd at the end of December 2012.
  • BioSIRT Implementation Working group- Report forms for national Sit Reps, Epi and Surveillance reports drawing on BioSIRT data have been completed.
  • Bovine Johne’s disease Standard Definitions, Rules and Guidance (SDR&Gs)- Edition 8 of the
     SDR&Gs has been completed and will be considered by AHC in the next month.

Key Contacts

  • Dr Ian Roth (AHC Chair 2012), New South Wales CVO, 02 6391 3577
  • Dr Andrew Cameron, Victorian CVO, 03 9217 4237
  • Dr Mark Schipp, Australian CVO, 02 6272 4644
  • Dr Brian Radunz, Northern Territory CVO, 08 8999 2130
  • Dr Rob Rahaley, South Australian CVO, 08 8207 7970
  • Dr Rick Symons, Queensland CVO, 07 3239 3242
  • Dr Rod Andrewartha, Tasmanian CVO, 03 6233 6836
  • Dr Peter Morcombe , Western Australian a/CVO, 08 9368 3344
  • Dr Will Andrew, Australian Capital Territory CVO, 02 6207 2357
  • Dr Andrew Cupit, Animal Biosecurity, DAFF, 02 6272 5444
  • Dr Michelle Blowes, Animal Division, DAFF, 0434 616 303
  • Prof. Martyn Jeggo, Australian Animal Health Laboratories, 03 5227 5511
  • Dr Eva-Maria Bernoth, Animal Health Australia, 02 6203 3944
  • Ms Joanne Nathan, SEWPaC, 02 6275 9252
  • Dr Phoebe Readford, Secretary, Animal Health Committee, 02 6272 4532
Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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