Welcome to 2018 from the Western LLS Vets 

We are pleased to inform you that Western Local Land Services (Western LLS) are employing three District Veterinarians in:
  • Dr Charlotte Cavanagh at Bourke (covering Bourke, Wanaaring, Cobar and Brewarrina)
  • Dr Hannah Williams at Balranald  (covering Balranald, Buronga, Wentworth and Hillston)
  • Dr Felicity Wills at Broken Hill (covering Broken Hill, Wilcannia, White Cliffs and Tibooburra). 

While the Western LLS region covers around 40 % of the state, we are committed to offering as much support, advice and hands-on expertise to landholders and stakeholders as possible. 
Getting to know us - meet our vets 

Dr Charlotte Cavanagh - Charlotte has been with Western LLS since October 2016. Prior to this, Charlotte was a Veterinary Officer with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) where she worked in the Bourke area for over 10 years. 

Charlotte is married to Ben and they have three boys, Clancy, 12, Archie, 10 and Dustin, 8. She is originally from Young and grew up on a sheep, cattle and cropping property. 
Some of Charlotte's interests include a small scale Dorper production on her property near Bourke as well as dabbling in fashion, gift and haberdashery retail through her part ownership of a beautiful country store in Bourke. One of her favourite things to do is spend time with her family, including travelling all over the countryside watching them participate in sport. 

Dr Hannah Williams: Hannah has been with Western LLS since September 2017. Hannah grew up in East Gippsland, Victoria and has a background in superfine Merino production. 

She recently graduated with a veterinary degree from Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, however before commencing university, spent two years in Western Australia where she worked on extensive beef enterprises and within the live export industry. 

Dr Felicity Wills: Felicity has been with Western LLS since November 2017. Felicity completed her Bachelor of Veterinary Science from Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga in 2011 and went on to work at the Ballarat Veterinary Practice as a large animal ambulatory vet for three years.

She then moved to the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon Canada and completed an internship in Large Animal Internal Medicine, followed by a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology which focused on developing a disease surveillance program for beef cow-calf herds in the western Canadian prairie provinces. Felicity has a very strong interest in internal medicine and the herd management of large animals.
Ongoing work by Western LLS vets 

Western LLS District Veterinarians, along with Biosecurity Officers, have a range of priorities when it comes to assisting landholders, including:
  • emergency disease prevention, preparedness and response
  • advisory and diagnostic services
  • disease surveillance and reporting
  • residue management
  • traceability systems such as the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS). 
Surveillance – Important disease surveillance programs continued in the Western region in 2017. During the 2016/2017 arbovirus season, the Virology Laboratory at EMAI tested blood samples from sentinel cattle at 40 sites in NSW to fulfil the requirements for a national sentinel network for arbovirus monitoring - the National Arbovirus Monitoring Program (NAMP). There are two sentinel herds within the Western region, with the view of establishing two more in 2018. The data on arbovirus and vector distributions are generated annually to support trade and endemic disease monitoring.
Disease and mortality investigation – The vets were again involved in the investigation of disease and mortalities in livestock of the Western region. One significant disease in 2017 was the diagnosis of virulent footrot in several sheep flocks. Quarantine and eradication efforts continue. Other diseases seen in 2017 included lead poisoning, ovine brucellosis, pulpy kidney and vibriosis.
Brucellosis testing – Testing continued in many flocks for Brucella ovis in 2017. Ovine brucellosis continues to be a disease of real concern in the Western region, with the disease causing infertility leading to poor lambing percentages in several flocks. Management and eradication of this disease is particularly difficult in the Western region and ongoing work is being done by the vets to develop more effective sampling and eradication strategies. 
Traceability and certification – With significant stock sales out of the Western region in 2017 the vets have been involved in the certification of animals for sale into export markets and in following up the traceability of animal domestic markets as part of the NLIS.
Western LLS vets signing off...

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the landholders we worked with in 2017 and we look forward to working with you again this year.

Please take the time to save our contact details in your phones and always contact us with any questions you have around your animal's health and management. 
  • Charlotte Cavanagh - 0429 773 021 or via email
  • Hannah Williams - 0439 830 280 or via email
  • Felicity Wills - 0409 858 901 or via email
As a reminder, please always have the below numbers in your phones as a precaution in the event you cannot reach one of us or your private vet. 
  • Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline: 1800 675 888
  • Exotic Plant Pest Hotline: 1800 084 881
The Emergency Hotlines are available to you and the public 24 hours a day 365 days of the year.
Western Local Land Services
Freecall: 1300 795 299

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