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Monday, May 23

16:00 ACST

The history of Torrens island quarantine 1850s to the present
From the earliest days Torrens Island was recognised as an ideal location for human and animal quarantine. Obviously close to the sea, isolated but a part of Adelaide, and in later years near to an international airport. The early history involved imports of dogs, cattle and pigs. During the 1920s the station also undertook the breeding of rabbits for hospitals. However it was only in the 1980s that more complex quarantines occurred. The scrapie accreditation program involved a 6-year program. Imported Angora goats and sheep were bred on the island to produce progeny that could then be released. At its peak 1300 hundred goats and sheep were run under intensive field conditions. Disease was a major problem. Major problems occurred with Cosccidia, Corynebacterium infection, sugar gum poisoning, fatty liver and spider syndrome. In 1986 Adelaide hosted the Sixth World Three Day Eventing championships. Streamlining Quarantine arrangements for this event was a forerunner for the Sydney Olympics. Until recently Torrens was the site for the first legal imports of fertile eggs. Its beginnings caused considerable controversy within the commercial industry. The presentation will also briefly touch on human quarantine events including its use as an internment camp during World War 1.

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Dr Chris Bunn

Dr Chris Bunn graduated from Melbourne in 1967. His working life involved both State and Federal government positions. In 1985 he became the last veterinary officer to be employed at Torrens Island, to manage the Scrapie accreditation program for the next six years. The station also... Read More →

Monday May 23, 2016 16:00 - 16:30 ACST
City Room 4 Adelaide Convention Centre

16:30 ACST

Gender and university differences in career sector and business intent of Australian veterinary students
We report on career sector and business intentions of veterinary students of five Australian veterinary programs between the years 2011 to 2014. The presentation will also describe differences to these intentions for gender and university. Data will be presented for student interest in pursuing government work, biosecurity or diagnostic laboratories, biomedical research and academia, not working as a veterinarian, intensive animal production, practice with large animals, companion animal practice and business ownership.

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Adele Feakes

Senior Lecturer in Business & Practice Management, The University of Adelaide
I started in emergency practice and continued for 24 years as a rural practice owner. My teaching and research interests are business and entrepreneurial capabilities for veterinary science students and also PNG women in agriculture.

Monday May 23, 2016 16:30 - 17:00 ACST
City Room 4 Adelaide Convention Centre

17:00 ACST

History SIG Annual Meeting
Monday May 23, 2016 17:00 - 18:00 ACST
City Room 4 Adelaide Convention Centre