The full list of NABS resources
Protocol for performing bovine necropsy
Comprehensive post mortem examination of body systems - pick the one you want to go into in more detail (1 available currently).
NABS network members
The names, business address and email of people in the NABS network.
Collecting Johne’s disease samples
Lab requirements for faecal samples collected for JD testing for stock movements, export testing or clinical diagnosis.
Contact details for the state veterinary laboratories in WA, NT and Qld for advice on sample collection and submission.
Back issues of the monthly electronic newsletter sent to the NABS network from July 2018 onwards.
2021 Masterclass on plant poisonings
Presentations from the 2021 NABS Online Masterclass on the poisonous plants relevant to livestock in northern Australia.
Guides to collecting and preserving plant specimens
Guides to collecting and preserving plant specimens and contact details for services to northern Australia.
Plant identification experts
Where to send plant specimens - botanists and their locations.
Gross path challenge #9
Bovine heart: how would you describe the pathology shown here?
Gross path challenge #8
Goat pleural cavity and lung: how would you describe the pathology shown here?
Gross path challenge #7
Bovine skin lesions: how would you describe the pathology shown here?
Lumpy Skin Disease on the move through Asia
Lumpy Skin Disease, a pox virus infecting cattle and buffalo, has been spreading rapidly across Asia in 2021. It has never been reported in Australia. Ring the EAD Hotline if you suspect a case.
Gross path challenge #6
Goat lung: how would you describe the pathology shown here?
Hendra virus facts and resources
How to protect people and assess the risk of a Hendra virus spillover event when attending sick horses.
African horse sickness in south-east Asia
How to recognise African horse sickness on the small chance it enters Australia with infected insects.
Gross path challenge #5
Bovine lung: how would you describe the pathology shown here?
Gross path challenge #4
Sheep oesophagus: how would you describe the pathology shown here?
Gross path challenge #3
Bovine skeletal muscle: how would you describe the pathology shown here?
Gross path challenge #2
Calf small intestine: how would you describe the pathology shown here?
Gross path challenge #1
Bovine liver: how would you describe the pathology shown here?
Canine ehrlichiosis in Australia
E canis is a notifiable disease: vets should be alert for suspect cases after the tick-borne bacteria was diagnosed in northern Australia in 2020.
Tips for sending fixed brains
Tips for sampling brains post mortem, fixing in formalin and packing samples to send to a veterinary laboratory.
Differentials for repro investigations
A table showing the causes of reproductive disease in cattle in northern Australia, how they manifest (as infertility, abortion or neonatal loss), and whether they are notifiable diseases or zoonotic infections.
EAD Field Guide For Vets
Download CSIRO's 2019 Emergency Animal Disease Field Guide for vets.
Repro disease investigation resources
Veterinary guide to reproductive disease investigations of cattle in northern Australia with regional benchmarks, risk factors and diagnosis.
Collecting maggots for Screw Worm Fly surveillance
Use Animal Health Australia's kits to collect maggots and send to the lab when investigating myiasis (flystrike) in northern Australia.
Getting a brain out intact
Use this simple technique to remove the whole brain intact during a field post mortem of cattle or sheep.
Collecting and transporting ocular fluids
Get useful diagnostic biochemistry up to 48 hours after death by sampling and submitting ocular (eye) fluid in a livestock post mortem.
Differentials for nervous conditions of cattle
Common causes of neurological signs in cattle in northern Australia and what labs are likely to test for in the first instance.
Describing gross pathology
A guide to describing gross pathology - written by pathologists so they can see what you saw - to get the diagnostic work-up off to a strong start.
Writing a report to producers
A simple template for reporting NABS disease investigation outcomes to clients.
NT Buffalo Industry Code Of Practice
2018 Code of Practice for the buffalo industry in the Northern Territory including protocols on mustering, welfare and biosecurity.
Examples of disease exclusions in buffalo
Examples of exotic or notifiable diseases of buffalo in Australia that might present as sudden death, respiratory signs or ill thrift.
Choosing and maintaining sharp autopsy knives
A practical guide on how to choose, sharpen and maintain razor-sharp knives for use in livestock post mortems.
Differentials for paralysis with death in cattle
The common differential diagnoses for cattle in northern Australia that show signs of paralysis with death.
Laboratory diagnosis of botulism
Samples to send the lab in suspect cases of botulism in livestock to rule-out common differentials and help confirm the diagnosis.
BRD and exotic differentials
Gross lung pathology seen in shipping fever and 3 other respiratory diseases of cattle exotic to Australia (pleuro, TB and HS).
African Swine Fever spreading rapidly in Asia
Know how to recognise the clinical signs of African Swine Fever (ASF) and prevent its spread in Australia.
Guidelines for Veterinary Personal Biosecurity
The AVA's guide for personal biosecurity during routine consultations and disease investigations.
Using jab sticks (aka pole syringes)
How to use a jab stick (pole syringe) to sedate or medicate cattle that you can't, or don't want to, get close to.
Tick Fever Agnote
A practical overview of the two types of tick fever, babesiosis and anaplasmosis, that can occur in northern Australia (NT AgNote 2016).
Mastering your brain smear technique
How to do brain and organ smears to help the diagnostic workup in the laboratory (eg rule-out tick fever).
Mastering your blood smear technique
How to run a blood drop along the slide for a perfect blood smear - a great aid when investigating sudden death or ill thrift.
Vet students inspired by work experience in the north
What vet students said about working in northern Australia (from placements assisted by the Australian Government in 2018-2019).
Potential cost of FMD outbreak in Australia
A FMD outbreak in Australia involving multiple states could cost $50 billion according to 2013 ABARES modelling.
Nepal – a first class education into every facet of FMD
How first-hand experience of FMD in Nepal helped underpin the preparedness to act for northern Australian vets.
Dr Tristan Jubb's practical approach to livestock disease investigations - where the focus is reaching a confirmed diagnosis and preventing further cases.
Euthanasia of livestock with magnesium sulphate
A practical method vets can use to euthanase livestock without damaging the brain using intravenous administration of magnesium sulphate.
NABS SDI Field Guide
The Field Guide describes the NABS SDI process, differential diagnoses for clinical syndromes of cattle in northern Australia and what samples to collect.