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Veterinary pathologists and clinicians come together to share their knowledge

17 Dec 2018

Veterinarians working in forensic pathology, animal welfare and shelter medicine had the opportunity to share their insights, knowledge and learn from experts in the field at the annual Australian Animal Pathology Standards Program (AAPSP) Roadshow.

From 1 to 18 August, five intensive two day, face-to-face workshops were delivered across Australia.  The workshops provided attendees with an update on advances in the field of forensic veterinary pathology.  Attending pathologists gained insights from regional and international experts, networked with colleagues in clinical veterinary medicine, and obtained Continued Professional Development points.

Participants travelled to workshops in Camperdown (NSW), Gatton (QLD), Attwood (VIC), South Perth (WA) and Roseworthy (SA). International participation was also facilitated by the Roseworthy workshop via remote attendance. The workshops were presented by international expert, Dr Jodie Gerdin (DVM, DACVP), Adjunct Professor at Western University of Health Science, CA. Dr Gerdin has extensive experience investigating cases of companion animal abuse and neglect, and contributed significantly to the development of the University of Florida’s Masters of Veterinary Forensic Medicine, .

For Dr Gerdin, the Roadshow was an insightful experience. “Everyone was really engaged and had great questions. Many people had interesting and informative personal experiences with forensic cases. I also learned that the US and Australia battle many of the same frustrations and issues with these cases,” said Dr Gerdin.

A broad range of topics were covered at the workshops, including forensic necropsy, crime scene investigation, blood sports, and projectile wounds. Guest speakers from the RSPCA, Taronga Zoo, the University of Melbourne and the University of Adelaide contributed excellent presentations on subjects ranging from, forensic imaging to legal management of forensic cases, and wound interpretation in medical forensics.

Feedback from AAPSP subscribers has been positive with one attendee noting “the depth, practicality and usefulness of the information presented” while another thought Dr Gerdin was “really engaging and entertaining, her experience really carried across and she made the setting casual and comfortable.”

Others highly commended the novel and engaging content of the Roadshow itself, with one participant stating “there was comprehensive coverage of an area that is quite new to most pathologists.”

The AAPSP is a joint initiative of the Australian Society for Veterinary Pathology, the (then) Sub-Committee on Animal Health Laboratory Standards, and Animal Health Australia. The AAPSP aims to address the need for a program to monitor, maintain and improve the quality of pathological interpretation and diagnosis by veterinary pathologists in Australia and elsewhere. The Roadshow is a key element of the AAPSP program.

More information on the AAPSP can be found here.

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Last reviewed: 17/12/2018

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