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District Vets in Deniliquin from today

The District Veterinarians Association’s annual conference will be held in Deniliquin over the next three days and is expected to attract more than 60 vets to the area.

April 1, 2014 4:40am

More than 60 vets will be in Deniliquin over the next three days for the District Veterinarians Association’s annual conference.

The conference is being hosted by the Murray Local Land Services and will feature several talks on biosecurity, animal health risks and programs.

It will also include an introduction of the Local Land Services organisation, which came into effect on January 1 and is a merger of the Livestock Health and Pest Authority, Catchment Management Authority and extension services of the Department of Primary Industries.

Special guests for today’s official conference opening include LLS chair of chairs John Macarthur Stanham and LLS executive manager Tim Ferraro.

This is the first time Deniliquin has hosted the event.

Deniliquin based Murray LLS regional veterinarian and team leader animal biosecurity and welfare Dan Salmon said the closest the event had to come to Deniliquin was Moama more than a decade ago.

Dr Salmon said this was the first time he had been involved in organising the conference, which he said would deliver helpful information to the state’s LLS vets.

‘‘There will be a bit of reflection on the new organisation and where we will be going,’’ he said.

‘‘Case studies on some interesting things we have seen will be presented and there will be a review of diseases we may encounter in the coming year – we are required to continue our education as vets.

‘‘As well as LLS speakers, there will be presentations from the Department of Primary Industries, Charles Sturt University and a smattering of interstate and federal authorities.’’

There will be an average of 19 presentations on each day of the conference, but there will be some time for delegates, speakers and their guests to enjoy local facilities as well.

Informal and formal dinners will be held at the Deniliquin RSL Club and Deniliquin Boat Club, and delegates will have an opportunity this afternoon for an Edward River cruise.

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