Media Release

New Vet Handbook App will further improve animal welfare

21 May 2014

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, welcomed the development of a new App for those working in the livestock industries and congratulated Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and LiveCorp on building such an innovative tool for industry.

“Since I’ve been Minister for Agriculture I’ve worked hard with my department to get the live cattle and live sheep trade up and running again. The livestock industry in Australia is something that 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.

“This App is a comprehensive, mobile resource aimed to assist the whole industry, from livestock handlers and animal health professionals to livestock producers, and veterinary and agricultural students.

Dr Bernard Vallat, Director General, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), said this 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:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/veterinary-handbook-for-cattle/id872827246?mt=8
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.livecorp.vethandbook.app