The head of the World Organisation for Animal Health, Dr Bernard Vallat, and Australia’s federal agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce have congratulated Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and LiveCorp on the development of a new App for the livestock industry.
The Veterinary Handbook for cattle sheep and goats app is a comprehensive, mobile resource for veterinarians, animal health professionals, livestock producers, livestock handlers and veterinary and agricultural students.
The app has been developed jointly by MLA and LiveCorp under the Livestock Export RD&E Program.
It includes information on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and associated syndromes of diseases in cattle, sheep and goats.
It allows users to search for a specific disease or syndrome or to filter their search by species, disease or syndrome to quickly have animal health information at their fingertips to assist them whether in the field or at the office.
The Veterinary Handbook app has been adapted from ‘The Veterinary Handbook for the Livestock export industry’ developed by LiveCorp and MLA.
The range of information provided by app includes:
Causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and conditions known to occur in sheep, goats, dairy and beef cattle;
The process of disease recognition and investigation – how to detect, investigate and necropsy;
The management of feed and water during sea transport and potential related health and welfare problems;
How to manage sick and injured livestock and safe and effective euthanasia.
The handbook includes best-practice information and standardised approaches for veterinarians and stock people caring for exported Australian livestock.
Federal agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce said the livestock industry was something every Australian should be proud of.
“The Veterinary Handbook for cattle sheep and goats App is a great resource for the whole industry, and will provide information on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases commonly seen during the transportation of livestock at the touch of a button,” Mr Joyce said.
Dr Bernard Vallat, Director General, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), said the initiative will further assure the health and welfare of livestock during transport to their export market destinations.
“OIE congratulates the Australian livestock industries for this initiative to further assure the health and welfare of livestock during transport to their export market destinations.
“At every stage of an animal’s life, early recognition of an emerging animal health or welfare problem is vital for its effective management and control. This App provides stockmen and women with easy access to information that will enable their early recognition of any emerging animal health or welfare problem.” Dr Vallat said.
The application is now available for purchase on Apple iTunes and Google Play Store.
The revenue from the applications will be invested in the development of other industry related resources and animal welfare projects within the Livestock Export Program in LiveCorp.
Minister Joyce said the development of this App by Australian veterinarians for the industry demonstrates that the meat and livestock sector is committed to the health and wellbeing of their animals.
This world leading App is available on iTunes and Google Play:
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