MORE than 70 vets from across NSW have descended on Armidale for the Livestock Health and Pest Authority's (LHPA) 95th annual district veterinarians' conference.
The four-day conference starts today and will entail the vets discussing a range of livestock health issues, including parasite resistance, new diseases seen in Australia and exotic diseases.
"There are always new developments in the field of livestock health and biosecurity, so it's important that we as district vets stay on top of these and share our knowledge and experiences, and continue to be educated," event organiser and LHPA senior district vet Bruce Watt said.
The Department of Primary Industries' director of animal biosecurity and chief veterinary officer Ian Roth will give a state and national disease update.
There will also be a panel discussion to debrief the past summer's fire season one of the worst in NSW for many years.
A group of vets who have recently returned from Nepal will talk about the training they received there on foot and mouth disease, and how that would relate to Australia if an outbreak occurred here.
Speakers of note include Julie Fitzpatrick from the Moredun Institute in Scotland, a world-class research facility working to improve farm animal and health welfare through the prevention and control of infectious diseases, and University of Sydney rural public practice co-ordinator Siobhan Mor.