Wildlife can become infected with many important disease that can affect our domestic animals or people. Wildlife can also carry some of these diseases but not be affected by them. WHA provides technical expertise to AUSVETPLAN (Australia’s emergency animal disease plans). We work with Animal Health Australia on the development of new plans and the review of established plans. We focus on wildlife issues.
We also provide technical expertise to the development of Threat Abatement Plans (TAPs) developed by Australian Government Department of the Environment.
WHA has just assisted the Australian government's Zoo Animal Health Reference Group, the Zoo and Aquarium Association and Animal Health Australia in updating the AUSVETPLAN Zoo Enterprise Manual.
We also know that the majority of new and emerging diseases occur in wildlife and spillover can occur into animals and people. These diseases can also affect biodiversity and the environment. There is very real need for on-going training of front-line wildlife workers in the recognition and reporting of these diseases. Working with its partners, WHA assists in organising and running training workshops targeting front-line wildlife personnel.
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