Register now for FMD webinar

Agriculture Victoria will host two webinars on August 1 and August 4 to discuss preparedness for biosecurity risks such as foot and mouth disease. Photo by Daneka Hill

Victoria’s chief vet Graeme Cook will be joined by veterinary officers Megan Scott and Jeff Cave for two sessions next week to discuss preparedness for biosecurity risks such as foot and mouth disease.

Defending a potential FMD detection is a number one priority for Agriculture Victoria and a large volume of work is under way.

This work includes awareness raising activities, preparedness exercises under the emergency management arrangements, scenario planning and staff carrying out surveillance and testing of suspect cases on the ground.

“Victoria has a preparedness and response plan ready that been developed closely with industry,” Dr Cooke said.

“Good biosecurity practices are paramount for protecting our economy, environment and community from the negative impacts of pests and diseases.”

Dr Scott reminded everyone with livestock to make sure they had a Property Identification Code that is up-to-date, and to review their biosecurity plans.

The webinar will run on two dates to give prospective attendees different opportunities to attend: Monday, August 1 and Thursday, August 4, both starting at 7pm and running for one hour.

FMD is a notifiable exotic disease and any suspected or confirmed cases must be reported to Agriculture Victoria on the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline 1800 675 888, or contact your local veterinarian or Agriculture Victoria animal health and welfare staff.

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You can also learn about foot and mouth disease, including signs of symptoms, at: