Australian Science Week Attracts Kiwis
Jan Roznowski and Kevin O'Grady
with their membership certificates
to Animal Welfare Chapter
New Zealand scientists made presentations at the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (ACVSc) in Queensland during its recent Science Week.
D r Cheryl O’Connor and Dr Roger Poland of the MAF Biosecurity New Zealand (MAFBNZ) Animal Welfare Directorate gave invited presentations on Outcome-based Standards of Welfare and Animal Welfare Enforcement in New Zealand. They spoke at a meeting of the college’s Animal Welfare Chapter on 3–5 July.
Science Week provides information on a broad range of subjects, with ample opportunities for delegates to interact with leaders in their field. As well as the Animal Welfare Chapter’s programme at Science Week, there were programmes from the Cattle, Small Animal Medicine, Surgery, Veterinary Anaesthesia Emergency and Critical Care, Epidemiology, Equine, Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, Animal Behaviour and Dermatology chapters.
Science Week is also the ACVSc’s forum for holding professional proficiency examinations to determine qualification for membership of the college.
Two New Zealand veterinarians, Kevin O’Grady and Jan Roznowski, gained membership in the Animal Welfare Chapter. Both are animal welfare co-ordinators for the New Zealand Food Safety Authority Verification Agency.
Thirteen veterinarians passed the exam this year, a record for the Animal Welfare Chapter, which was established in 2001. The high number of candidates for the 2008 exam reflects the increasing interest in animal welfare and ethics amongst veterinarians.
- Roger Poland, Senior Adviser, Animal Welfare, MAFBNZ
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