Vetective Story - an Infectious Disease Conference | Centre for Veterinary Education

Vetective Story - an Infectious Disease Conference

In a constantly changing canvas, we see infectious disease emerge, re-emerge, spread and recede.

For our own patients, we need to know that we are providing the most contemporary treatments, whilst protecting others in our care – and in some cases, ourselves.

This 4-day conference brings together local experts from across Australia to present the updates that are important to YOU, and YOUR patients. New and novel infectious diseases of cats and dogs, leptospirosis, mycobacterial disease and the southward spread of rat lungworm are all covered.

Increasingly, the way we as veterinarians approach and treat infectious disease has wider implications so antimicrobial stewardship, MRSP and MRSA are essential presentations for all clinicians. Up to date recommendations for treatment of urinary tract infections, FIP and sepsis will be discussed, as will the appropriate use of out-of-patent medications.

Prevention and protection will also be a focus. Ensure you are taking care of your staff with a discussion of common zoonotic disease in companion animal practice. Infection control in private and shelter practice and the latest controversies and recommendations on vaccination round out the program.

Quite simply, this is a conference you can’t afford to miss.

Veterinary nurses with a special interest in the topic are welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.


Monday 15 - Thursday 18 June 2020
9.00 - 5.30
Early Bird
19 April 2020
State Library Victoria
Village Roadshow Theatrette
Entrance 3, 179 La Trobe Street
Melbourne VIC


BVSc MVSt PhD FASM MASID Grad Cert Higher Ed.

Jacqui is a Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science, at the University of Sydney. She is a registered practicing veterinarian and is passionate about practical research projects and education programs for veterinary professionals, animal breeders and animal owners. Her main research areas include: 1) Development of diagnostics and treatments for companion animal viral diseases; 2) prevention of Q fever and role of companion animals and wildlife in the epidemiology; 3) Multidrug resistant (MDR) Staphylococcus species; 4) Knowledge, attitudes and barriers to veterinary antimicrobial stewardship; and 5) Aetiology and diagnosis of Chronic Renal Disease in domestic and zoo Felids.


Steven graduated from the University of Sydney in 1983 with second-class honours in Veterinary Science. After graduation, Steven worked for 2 years in private practice in Sydney followed by a medical internship at the University of Melbourne. Steven then undertook an Internal medicine Residency at the University of Florida, followed by two years as a clinical instructor at the University of Florida.  Steven worked in an internal medicine referral practice in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1992 and 1993 then returned to Australia studying equine herpesvirus infections with Professor Michael Studdert. In 1998, Steven was awarded a PhD from the University of Melbourne. Steven has lectured in Veterinary Virology at the University of Sydney in 1998 and 1999 and was a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Melbourne from 1999-2009.  Steven worked in small animal referral practice at Advanced Vetcare from 2010 to 2018 before starting his own consultancy business. Steve is currently involved in supplying research services and performing private consulting in Melbourne.   His special interests include clinical and molecular aspects of medical diseases and the interaction between infectious diseases and the host immune response.


Christine graduate from the University of Giessen, Germany in 2003. She then pursued an internship at the University of Berlin followed by a residency of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ECVIM). Christine obtained specialist status in 2012 and joined the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney in 2013. In 2018 she became a senior lecturer in small animal medicine at the University of Sydney. Christine is Head of Medicine and consults in the canine referral service.


Terry, native of Northern Australia, graduated from the University of Queensland, School of Veterinary Science in 1975 and spent the next 19 years in private practice in outer suburban (mostly small animal) Brisbane.  After a year's sojourn in the USA and Brisbane's Animal Emergency Centre, Terry joined the University of Queensland Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 1995 as a medical resident, becoming Director of the Clinic and Hospital from 1997 - 2002. Since then he has been part of the fantastic referral team at Veterinary Specialist Services in Queensland.  Terry enjoys the emergency side of veterinary practice and has a special interest in treating the critically ill. He is highly committed to family veterinary medicine and prolonging the human-animal bond.

DVM MSc MANZCVS (Small animal medicine) MRCVS

Dr Bordicchia graduated in Italy. After a few years in practice working with horses, he discovered an interest in small animal medicine. He was granted a scholarship to spend 6 months at the Ecole Veterinarie in Toulouse before completing a one –year internship in Sweden. On his return to Italy he worked in several private practices before becoming partner of a Veterinary Hospital. He worked in his own clinic for few years during which he completed an international master’ s degree in diagnostic imaging of small animals. Matteo is currently enrolled in an ECVIM-approved residency program in combination with PhD.

BVSc (Hons) MVetClinStud FANZCVS

Having successfully gained her fellowship qualification, Carolyn commenced referral practice in Melbourne, from the Veterinary Referral Hospital in Hallam and then from the University of Melbourne. She is now one of the directors of Melbourne Cat Vets. Currently in the final stages of her PhD project, she has a busy family life with two children and two 20-year-old Burmese cats. Carolyn is interested in all aspects of feline medicine, particularly infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. She also has a strong interest in the theoretical underpinnings of effective adult learning and professional development. Carolyn is one of the tutors of the CVE/ISFM feline medicine DE course. 



BSc BVMS MPH PhD Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal)

Laura graduated from Veterinary school at Murdoch University in 2003. She worked in mixed practice for 2 ½ years before completing an internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery at Sydney University in 2006. Following this, Laura completed a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Madison and became board certified with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Laura returned to Australia and worked at the University of Adelaide as a Lecturer in Equine Medicine and then returned to private specialty practice and completed a Masters of Public Health part-time. She has completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne and the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship in antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary practice, publishing numerous papers on the topic in national and international journals. Laura continues to research in this area as a lecturer at the University of Melbourne.

DVSc DipVetAn MVetClinStud PhD FACVSc FASM

Richard Malik graduated from the University of Sydney in 1981 and spent his first year training in anaesthesia and intensive care at Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This was followed by a PhD in the Department of Pharmacology at the John Curtin School of Medical Research (ANU). Dr Malik then moved to the Neurobiology Research Centre at the University of Sydney studying the development of neuromuscular connections. In 1987 he returned to the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences as its first Resident in Small Animal Medicine. He remained in the vet school for 16 years in varying capacities and was the Valentine Charlton Senior Lecturer in Feline Medicine from 1995 to 2002. Richard works as a consultant for the Centre for Veterinary Education, various private clinics in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and also for the RSPCA. He is also involved in a large number of collaborative research projects in both pure and applied research. He is passionate about all aspects of feline medicine, and has a special focus on treating common diseases using new therapeutic regimens. He also has a farm, with many pets including horses, sheep, goats and alpacas. Richard is an Adjunct Professor of Small Animal Medicine at Charles Sturt University.


Mary graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995 and worked in companion animal practice in Sydney, before completing an internship at Washington State University and a residency in small animal internal medicine at Purdue University. She is board certified in internal medicine, having gained Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2001. Mary was on faculty at the University of Queensland from 2005-2015, when she moved to Murdoch University in WA. Her major research interest is recurrent urinary tract infection and antimicrobial resistance in dogs and cats, as well as a keen interest in nutritional toxicities in companion animals. Mary is active in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and is President of the Small Animal Medicine Chapter and Vice-president of the Feline Chapter.

BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Animal Welfare) PhD

Mark graduated with a BVSc (Hons) from the University of Sydney in 2003. Following graduation he worked mainly in shelter medicine for 10 years, starting with NSW RSPCA (2004 – 2009) before moving to the NSW Animal Welfare League to take on a management position (2009-2012). During this time he also volunteered for veterinary programs in Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Indonesia and India.

In 2012 he returned to the University of Sydney to undertake a PhD investigating feline retroviral diseases, in particular FIV vaccine effectiveness in the field and FIV antibody response following vaccination. On completion of his PhD in 2016, Mark moved to the Centre for Virus Research at the University of Glasgow to undertake postdoctoral research in the antibody response of FIV and FeLV vaccinated cats, thanks to an Endeavour Research Fellowship and Sydney University Early Career Mobility Scheme Grant.

Mark returned to Australia in 2017 to further pursue his reseach into feline retroviruses and a teaching career at the University of Sydney.

Mark also co-founded Pets in the Park in 2012, a charity dedicated to providing free veterinary care to pets owned by the homeless, which now has clinics in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, ACT and Tasmania. Mark also enjoys running, particularly ultrarunning, and climbing mountains!

Justine is a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology at the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland (UQ). Justine graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1996 from UQ and after working in veterinary practice for a number of years undertook a PhD investigating the epidemiology and basis of fluoroquinolone resistance in multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli and Enterobacter spp. isolated from companion animals. Justine is passionate about teaching and became a Senior Higher Education Academy Fellow in 2019. In her teaching she encourages critical and independent thinking, fosters clinical reasoning skills and eLearning pedagogies. Her research spans the fields of veterinary microbiology and molecular biology and includes antimicrobial resistance and stewardship; infection control and diagnostics, the development and use of novel therapies and probiotics; infectious diseases and microbiota of wildlife and production and companion animals. 

Dr Mark Kelman is a veterinarian, scientific researcher, and social philanthropist, who graduated from Murdoch University in 2000. His varied career has included veterinary practice at RSPCA NSW’s Yagoona headquarters and Sylvania Veterinary Hospital, and Technical Services Management for Companion Animals at Virbac Animal Health. He is currently an independent scientific researcher and consultant.  

Mark is currently completing a PhD with University of Sydney on Canine Parvovirus epidemiology, and is leading a research-and-intervention project with the goal of stopping this disease in Australia. He created Disease WatchDog, Australia’s national disease surveillance system, that operated from 2010 to 2017, and has recently launched Parvo ALERT, the new Canine Parvovirus-tracking, mapping and alerting system for Australia.  

Mark is a co-founder and a director of Paws for A Purpose, a social enterprise charity that provides benevolent support for people with pets, in need of help. The charity raises funds and awareness for various issues including Canine Parvovirus. Mark is also a board director of the charity, Pets In The Park – helping the homeless care for their pets. He is also a past president of ASAV, the companion animal special interest group of the AVA and the recipient of the 2017 RSPCA Alan White Scholarship. 


Convinced by the James Herriot stories to study veterinary science, Lee pursued a career in wildlife health research with his classmate, Lee Berger. They deferred after their third year in 1991 to investigate the opportunities in Australia and were employed by the late Rick Speare to study mebendazole toxicity in macropods. Encouraged by that experience Lee undertook a Bachelor of Animal Science on parasites of native animals with Ian Beveridge. After a sojourn in mixed clinical practice in rural Victoria, he returned to research studying Australian bat lyssavirus and lead poisoning in flying foxes before undertaking a PhD on sarcoptic mange in wombats. Again Lee and Lee travelled for a year after their PhDs looking for opportunities in wildlife health research overseas before Lee S undertook a postdoc on diseases of sea ducks at the USGS National Wildlife Health Centre in Madison, Wisconsin. They returned to Australia to raise their children and establish a One Health Research Group studying diseases impacting biodiversity such as chytridiomycosis and important emerging zoonoses arising from wildlife like avian influenza and Hendra virus. Lee is currently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and employed as a Principal Research Fellow in wildlife biosecurity at the Melbourne Veterinary School at the University of Melbourne. 

BSc Dr med vet PhD DACVIM (SAIM)

Julien graduated from the University of Bern in Switzerland, in 2002. He did a rotating internship in the same institution from 2003 to 2004. His medicine residency was a joint program between the University of Bern and of Louisiana State University from 2005 to 2008. Julien joined afterwards the University of Liverpool as a lecturer for 2 years. He then worked as a Consultant in Small Animal Medicine for IDEXX before undertaking a PhD at the University of Melbourne. During his PhD that was completed in 2019, Julien studied dogs with gastro-intestinal disease and new ways to monitor dogs treated with immunosuppressants. Currently, Julien is as a lecturer at the University of Melbourne. He teaches final year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) students during their clinical rotations in small group and delivers formal lectures to third year DVM students. Julien also supervises resident training to become small animal medicine specialists and is regularly involved in continuing education for veterinarians in Australia and abroad. Julien’s main interests in medicine include gastrointestinal disease, immune-mediated disease, endocrinology, and haematology.

B.V.Sc.(Hons) PhD Candidate

Cathy has been a veterinary clinician since graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland in 1985. Initially working in Australia and the United Kingdom, since 1992 Cathy has lived and worked in regional Queensland as a partner in a mixed animal practice in Goondiwindi. 

A general veterinary practitioner for over 30 years her chief interests lie in small animal medicine and surgery. She is currently undertaking research into Brucella suis brucellosis in dogs, as a PhD student at the University of Melbourne. 

BSc (Vet) BVSc PhD Grad Dipl Vet Clin Stud Grad Cert (Higher Ed) MASM MASID

Katrina is Associate Professor in Veterinary Microbiology in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. Her teaching within the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree is centred on the pathogenesis of infectious diseases (including those considered zoonotic) and the biosecurity practices associated with controlling and preventing those diseases.  Her current research projects follow the same themes with a general interest in zoonotic diseases and bovine mastitis.  Her true passion however is all things concerning Coxiella burnetii and she is involved in many projects investigating this intriguing pathogen in a wide variety of species including Q fever in humans.


Following graduation from Sydney University, Simone started her career as a new graduate at the RSPCA’s Yagoona hospital. Working with both private patients and shelter animals, she rapidly developed an appreciation of the importance of “herd health” in a shelter and was heavily involved in the design and redevelopment of numerous RSPCA veterinary hospitals and developing policies and training programmes for infection control. Simone moved on to become Chief Veterinarian of Animal Welfare League NSW, which was devastated by the impact of feline parvovirus in 2016. Now Deputy Director of the Centre for Veterinary Education, Simone remains committed to animal welfare and serves on both ethics and advisory committees.

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