ZiP Diagnostics was on show at the Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) Summit in Canberra. This meeting saw veterinarians from all sectors of the profession come together to learn of the latest information of current and emerging EAD threats to Australia. Government, industry, academic experts and veterinarians shared knowledge and discussed preparedness for diseases that pose significant biosecurity risks to Australia’s agricultural interests.
Emerging threats include Food-And-Mouth Disease, Hendra, African Swine Fever, Lumpy Skin Disease, Japanese Encephalitis and a host of other pathogens. A common theme in the management of exotic disease outbreaks is a rapid and coordinated response, with access to high-quality diagnostic testing being crucial.
This was ZiP’s first attendance at an animal health conference where we introduced our diagnostic capabilities for frontline testing for infectious diseases. The need for point-of-care testing in animal health settings is just as critical as it is in human health, and ZiP’s technologies can provide fast and accurate diagnostic results for use by frontline responders in outbreak settings.
Our journey towards developing a point-of-care test menu for animal infectious diseases has begun. We look forward to collaborating with Government, industry and veterinarians to manufacture diagnostic tests in Australia that will deliver improved clinical management and fast-track outbreak responses.
Bill Hopper, ZiP Diagnostics Technical Director with Dr Campbell Costello (aka Cozy), Outback & Airborne Veterinary Services.