Dr Jayne Weller Gold Standard Exotic Animal Webinar Series: Installment #2 – Hospitalisation

Dr Jayne Weller Gold Standard Webinar Series:
Installment #2 – Hospitalisation

Announcing the exciting second installment of a live and free, three part, gold standard exotic animal patient care webinar series. Join the amazing Dr Jayne Weller as she explores how to appropriately hospitalise exotic animal patients in a general practice with specific information for birds, reptiles, pocket pets and amphibians.

When: Wednesday 17th February 2021
Time: 8.00pm – 8.45pm + 15 minutes Q&A with Jayne
Where: Online
Cost: FREE!

Sign up here: https://www.exoticanimalvet.com.au/webinars/

About Dr Jayne Weller:

Jayne’s career in zoo and exotic animal medicine began in her graduate year as the associate veterinarian at the University of Sydney Avian

Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital and Wildlife centre and has continued to be diverse and exciting with no day the same as the last.

Jayne is currently the Senior Veterinarian for the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra, a role which she has held since 2016. Jayne also currently runs a small business – Exotic Animal Veterinary Service which provides online/phone support for veterinarians and practices who want to improve their exotic animal patient care.

Jayne has also worked in Malawi at the Lilongwe Wildlife Sanctuary as the veterinarian where she aimed for gold standards even in the most difficult situations and with limited supplies. In contrast she ran the Exotic Animal Service at the Animal Referral Hospital in Sydney for 3 years and learnt how to run a successful exotics only service that was both busy and buckets of fun.

In 2015, Jayne successfully attained the Advanced Veterinary Practice Certificate in Zoological Medicine from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and Edinburgh University and in 2017 became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Science in Avian Medicine and Surgery.

Prior to completing a veterinary science degree, Jayne completed a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English Literature. She also spent three years as a zoo keeper at Mogo Zoo where she cared for a range of wild and exotic animals, including small and large carnivores, primates, hoofed stock, birds and reptiles.

While completing her veterinary science degree, Jayne set up a wildlife rehabilitation centre in Nepal. She supports wildlife carers internationally with veterinary advice.

Jayne is passionate about providing all species of animals the highest level of medical and surgical care.

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Brucella suis in dogs: what you need to know, Australian Veterinary Association, Online – 1 Feb 2018

Brucella suis in dogs: what you need to know
Dates: Thursday, 01 February 2018
Country/State: Online
Venue: Webinar

Join the AVPH webinar on Brucella suis in dogs with Dr Siobhan Mor, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, University of Sydney

Brucella suis has recently emerged in dogs in NSW. While the disease was previously recognised in Queensland, research in NSW has provided some new insights into the disease. In this webinar you will learn about the clinical presentation in dogs, approaches to clinical management and how to protect yourself, your staff and your clients from this zoonotic disease.

Dr Siobhan Mor is a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology (One Health) at The University of Sydney. She completed her veterinary medical degree at the University of Sydney in 2003 and a PhD on cryptosporidiosis in humans at Tufts University in the United States in 2009. Following her PhD she was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. During this time she worked as a global health advisor for the RESPOND project (part of USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats program) which aimed to build capacity for response to emerging diseases in developing countries. She returned to the University of Sydney to assume her current role in the School of Veterinary Science in 2012. Siobhan leads the Epidemiology and One Health group which is investigating the epidemiology of a number of zoonotic, emerging and tropical infectious diseases of global health importance. Her team is currently conducting research on swine brucellosis and salmonellosis in Australia, bacterial and viral zoonoses in pigs in Uganda, and vectorborne diseases in Maasai cattle in Tanzania. She is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in veterinary epidemiology.

Registration is now open for this webinar:  https://login.redbackconferencing.com.au/landers/page/e6ec67

When: Thursday, 1st February 2018
What Time: 7:00 pm Sydney Time
Where: Online – join via your computer!
Your Facilitator: Dr Emma Davis
Your Presenter: Dr Siobhan Mor
Cost: AVPH member – $30.00
Cost: AVA member – $40.00
Cost: Non member – $80.00
Cost: AVA student member – $20.00
SIG/Branch/Division: Public Health
Vet Ed points: 1.00
Contact Details:
Organiser: AVA
Name: Emma Davis
Email address: haslamek@gmail.com
Phone Number: +44 7446 479156
Website Address: www.ava.com.au

The World’s Largest Online Veterinary Congress, The Webinar Vet (19-21 Jan 2018)

The Webinar Vet’s mission is to make veterinary education accessible and affordable to the veterinary profession worldwide, reducing stress. We provide high quality webinars from expert speakers, so you can fulfill your CPD requirements with minimum time and money, from the comfort and convenience of your own home!


The World’s Largest Online Veterinary Congress 19th, 20th, 21st January 2018

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Final day to register for the AVPH webinar on Biosecurity and Smallholders

As I am on a hiatus from social media (well, Facebook to be more precise), it’s hard to get notices out of events that may be of interest.

However, it can’t help to give a final push via the Veterinary Careers news section

On the 18th of May, the AVPH are hosting a 1hr webinar on smallholders and biosecurity.

As a veterinarian who has a thing or two to say about surveillance and biosecurity, there are some genuine concerns about how we can engage with such producers/farmers/enthusiasts.

This webinar is part of a bigger planned output from AVPH and the AVA.

On the 9th of June, the AVPH will be hosting a 1-day workshop at the University of Melbourne that is designed for private practitioners who want to upskill their technical skills and knowledge of notifiable diseases with regards to smallholder farmers. This is a collaboration with DPI NSW, Agriculture Victoria, The Mackinnon Project (University of Melbourne), Charles Sturt University and 3M. Further details can be found on the AVA website.

DPI NSW have also launched a 2 hour, free e-learning webinar to provide Australian veterinarians with the foundational know-how of how biosecurity works within Australia as well as valuable resources. Further details are in the link below and requires registration on the DPI’s EMTrain website

Lots going on, but a fun time to get involved.

See you all tomorrow at the webinar!



Antimicrobial resistance in veterinary practice

“Ruin is the destination toward which all men rush, each pursuing his own best interest in a society that believes in the freedom of the commons. Freedom in a commons brings ruin to all.”
Garrett Hardin, The Tragedy of the Commons

“If we fail to address this problem quickly and comprehensively, antimicrobial resistance will make providing high-quality universal healthcare coverage more difficult if not impossible…It will undermine sustainable food production. And it will put the sustainable development goals in jeopardy.”Ban Ki-moon, outgoing UN Secretary General




Antimicrobial resistance is a critical issue for both human and animal health. As practitioners who are able to prescribe and dispense antibiotics, we (veterinarians) need to ensure that our practices are up to date and we are doing our best to limit the risk of antimicrobial resistance – not only for the sake of our patients, but also our clients and our staff. For too long have we put our use of antimicrobials as a side thought, reflecting that it would not be an issue in our realm of practice – a true tragedy of the commons.

In light of that, I feel the need to highlight that next week is Antibiotic awareness week – a week to raise awareness about the problem at hand, get up to speed on what our respective countries are doing, address our respective knowledge gaps and to develop solutions collectively. You might say it is a “One Health” issue (yes, cross-linking to earlier blogs is the “new black”).

The Australian Veterinarians in Public Health (a special interest group under the Australian Veterinary Association), a group I am proud to be a committee member of, is hosting its next webinar during Antibiotic Awareness Week on the 16th of November. The webinar will feature Dr. Laura Hardefeldt, a large animal internal medicine specialist, who is currently working on her PhD with the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship and The University of Melbourne. The aim of this webinar is to update veterinary practitioners about the mechanisms of resistance in bacteria, discuss how stewardship programs are being implemented internationally in veterinary practices and in agriculture, and some ideas of how stewardship could look within Australian veterinary practices.

This is a critical webinar for all veterinarians from all fields of practice. One hopes that such a webinar will inspire some veterinarians (if not all) to have an open discussion about the judicious use of antimicrobials in their respective clinics and help develop their own stewardship programs (1). Go on, sign up and bring on the new wave of awesome in Antimicrobial stewardship.

Register here: Australian Veterinary Association

Guy is a Director for Veterinary Careers – he secretly works in clinical veterinary practice (and his opinions are reflective of his own and not of his place of work), whilst completing his Masters in Veterinary Public Health. He enjoys the interface of clinical practice and case management whilst unleashing his VPH-nerdiness onto the unsuspecting public. 

1 – I fully appreciate that it’s not just veterinarians who need to be part of the solution and that there are other drivers that push resistance in microbes – and that will be the subject of a future 1 hour blog in due time. Needless to say, “it’s complicated”.