TB Control and Pest Management

Kevin Crews, OSPRI New Zealand

 RSNZ Manawatu Branch February 2018 meeting

7.30 pm Tuesday, 20 February, Palmerston North Central Library, George Street, Palmerston North

New Zealand has had a long history of Mycobacterium bovis (TB) infection in cattle, and latterly deer, herds. This has been largely driven by wild animal infection, primarily possums, an introduced pest into New Zealand which is also responsible for extensive flora and fauna damage. New Zealand has been able to control its bovine TB problem through the targeted control of these infected wild animal populations and at the same time achieve significant collateral benefit to flora and fauna protection. The New Zealand TB control strategy provides a working example of the convergence of human, animal and conservation medicine (One Health). This presentation will describe the history of the introduction of mammals (wild and domestic) into New Zealand which has led to the establishment of a complex ecological and epidemiological web of bovine TB in man, domestic animals and particularly wildlife species. The same introductions have led to large scale destruction of native flora and fauna. The presentation will describe the various plans and strategies implemented over a seventy year period to successfully control bovine TB in New Zealand, including the final phase of the TB eradication programme, approved by the Minister for Primary Industries in 2016, through to 2055. The presentation will conclude with examples of how OSPRI is working synergistically with the Department of Conservation to tackle flora and fauna protection on a large scale in New Zealand through sharing of strategies and resources.

Kevin Crews is a Massey University veterinary graduate, who works as Head of Programme (Disease Management) for OSPRI New Zealand Limited, the company which manages New Zealand’s bovine tuberculosis control strategy and National Identification and Traceability programme. He has worked in the areas of preventative medicine, industry disease control and quality assurance for 30 years, in both the public and private sectors. He is a member of the Epidemiology Chapter and the Veterinary Public Health Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Kevin is a member of NZVA’s Food Safety, Animal Welfare and Biosecurity (FAB) Special Interest Branch, serving on the executive committee of the branch for 15 years, four of these as President.

All warmly welcome