Taking the Query out of Q fever in veterinary private practice

Date: Wednesday 4th May 2016

Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm AEST

Presenters: Dr Katrina Bosward, Dr Emily Sellens, Dr Amanda Shapiro and Dr Guy Weerasinghe (Host)
Location: Online via your computer

Cost: AVPH Member - $20.00

Cost: AVA Member - $25.00

Cost: Nurse - $25.00
Cost: Non AVA Member - $50.00

About the Webinar

Q fever is the most common notifiable zoonosis in Australia. Historically thought of as a disease acquired from livestock or wildlife, recent outbreaks within small animal practices has broadened the risk species. The Australian Veterinarians in Public Health are proud to present The University of Sydney's Dr Katrina Bosward, Dr Emily Sellens and Dr Amanda Shapiro who will discuss their research in Coxiella burnetii within all forms of clinical practice as well as provide some recommendations on what practitioners can do to protect their staff and clients.

About the Presenters

Dr Katrina Bosward

Katrina has been a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Microbiology at The University of Sydney since 2007 with an overarching research interest in the pathogenesis and control of infectious diseases of animals.  In recent years, her research interest has extended to zoonotic diseases, in particular Coxiella burnetii, with studies into Q fever in humans and coxiellosis in a variety of animal species. 

Dr Emily Sellens

Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Murdoch University in 2009. She worked in small animal practice in Darwin and Sydney before embarking on her PhD at The University of Sydney in 2014. Her research is focused on the epidemiology and immunology of the Q fever vaccination among the veterinary workforce and forms part of a One Health collaboration across several Australian universities and research laboratories.

Dr Amanda Shapiro

Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2006. She then emigrated to Sydney and has worked in small animal practice as well as within the Animal Health Pharmaceutical Industry prior to beginning her PhD at the University of Sydney. Amanda’s research investigates the role of cats and dogs in the transmission of Q fever to humans. Amanda has published two Australian cat and dog Coxiella burnetii seroprevalence studies, which have further directed her line of research.

Dr Guy Weerasinghe (Host)

Guy is the President of the Australian Veterinarians in Public Health special interest group for the past 3 years. He is a University of Queensland graduate from 2011 and has had experience in dairy medicine, small animal practice, shelter/welfare practice and locumed as Sydney’s District Veterinarian for 6 months. He is now currently residing in the Sunshine Coast, QLD while completing his Masters in Veterinary Public Health while working in small animal private practice. He has a strong interest in science communication, zoonoses, climate change and One Health collaborations. 


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