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Laura Connolly has recently joined PIAA as the new Membership and Marketing Manager. She has a strong background in Marketing, Membership/Customer Service and Events. Laura brings prior industry experience to the position from her previous role at the Australian Veterinary Association, where she worked for four years in the membership and marketing team, collaborating on a range of member initiatives and design/marketing projects. Prior to this, Laura worked for Provet NSW in Customer Service and Administration. Welcome Laura!...

PIAA Member Strengthens International Relationships

West Coast Pet Supplies Pty Ltd became the sole AUS and NZ distributor for Armitage Pet Care (UK) in April 2014 and have been  trading as Armitage Australia Pty Ltd, becaming the APAC Head Quarters in 2015.In a move that reflects industry trends, Armitage Australia strengthened relationships with Asia when in June 2015  Valvet South Korea was authorised to be the sole distributor of Good Boy  - Good Girl and Rotastak treats for South Korea. They will be launching this range in November at the K-Pets Show. In addition to Korea, Taiwan Bonvies was awarded the right to distribute Good Boy - Good Girl and Rotastak treats and WAFCOL dog food in Taiwan. They have placed their first order for shipping later this month and will be launching the Armitage Pet Care range in November. The AVA reported the latest trends in the pet food industry last week, with Paul Khurana from business intelligence firm IBISWorld providing the facts and figures from the company’s latest industry research. “It’s a mature industry with an average annual growth of 1.7% over the period 2010 to 2015 and we forecast that average annual growth will increase to 2.3% over the next 5 years,” Mr Khurana said. “Currently, a third of the industry’s revenue is earned from exports and this segment is expected to grow steadily in line with increasing demand in Asian markets for quality pet food’. You can read more about these industry trends and the AVA’s research HERE Congratulations to the Armitage Australia team on this business milestone!   Mr. Kim Yong Min (CEO of Valvet), Mr. Mimmo Zagarelos (New Sales Armitage Australia), and Stuart Chamberlain (General...

We are Family – Responsible Pet Ownership

The NSW Government’s We are Family Program provides a guide to nurturing the child and pet relationship from pregnancy to pre-school. The We Are Family Program is aimed at expectant and new parents. It helps parents prepare existing pets for the arrival of a new baby and provides further guidance when the baby is home to ensure safety around pets with babies and children. The program is delivered free to hospitals (as part of their childbirth education classes) but the information provided is comprehensive and of value for anyone who owns a pet. There’s a number of videos available on The Office of Local Government’s YouTube Channel. Simply click HERE for the full playlist....

Best New Product and Best Exhibit Award Winners

PET EXPO 2015 NEW PRODUCT AWARDS BEST REPTILE – EAST COAST WOODSHAVINGS Megasorb Lemongrass Litter Unique lemon, long lasting fragrance with super absorbency. Environmentally sustainable. BEST BIRD - VETAFARM Forest Fusion Lorikeet food. When we developed Forest Fusion Lorikeet Diet, we avoided processed foods, by-products and refined sugars like dextrose. Instead our vets and nutritionists used whole foods that include naturally low GI carbohydrates along with Australian bee pollen, vitamins, minerals, organic acids and real fruit. It’s a new take on Lorikeet nutrition and a far cry from the traditional sugar and breadcrumb mixes of the past. This is cutting edge nutritional technology, spliced with holistic, fresh ingredients. A new start and a better life for our Lorikeets. BEST CAT- PET INNOVATIONS ***New Exhibitor – congratulations! Eyenimal Cat Videocam.  Ultra compact size video recording device to apply to the cat collar, night vision, integrated microphone, motion detector to stop recording when cat is sleeping.  4gb memory and rechargeable. BEST DOG – DOGlite ***New Exhibitor – congratulations! LED Accessories DOGlite integrates LED technology into collars, harnesses and leashes utilising premium materials to ensure maximum quality- adding safety, awareness and fun for people and their four legged friends. BEST “OTHER” (small animal)- VETAFARM Fibre Rich Fescue Fibre Rich Fescue is sourced from the Riverina region of NSW. It is freshly cut to ensure a rich aroma and unbeatable taste. Being naturally low in protein and high in fibre, Fescue hay replicates the type of food rabbits eat naturally. The high levels of fibre maintain healthy rabbit teeth and contribute to overall digestive wellbeing. Cut and baled fresh in the Riverina region...

Humane Euthanasia Techniques for Ornamental Fish

Euthanasia is an unpleasant but sometimes necessary aspect of all animal healthcare and aquarium management is no exception. The Aquarium Vet, under the direction of the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA), has been contracted by the DAFF to undertake a review of Humane Euthanasia Techniques for Ornamental Fish. Currently there is a lack of readily available information in Australia on humane euthanasia techniques for ‘sick’ ornamental fish for their owners. The aim was to identify a variety of techniques and practical methods to euthanize ornamental fish that are, or could be, made available to the owners of such fish and that improve animal welfare for the fish being euthanized. In the context of this document, owners are either, (1) people working in retail pet and/or aquarium shops, or (2) the actual pet fish owner. The document can be accessed for download...

PIAA Welcomes Board Members

PIAA Welcome New Board Members Matt Hams Matt is the owner and manager of Banksia Park Puppies. Matt has been in the industry since he was born and grew up surrounded by dogs at his family’s kennels and in their many pet shops. He manages his kennels on a 200-acre property in Gippsland Victoria. Matt’s Grandmother, parents, wife and their two children all live on the property and are actively involved in the family run business. Matt is currently studying a certificate course in dog psychology and is also in his final year of a Bachelor Degree in business. Matt worked extensively with the former Liberal Government department the DEPI on the drafting and creation of the toughest Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Establishments in the world that was enacted in Victoria in 2014. Matt continues to lobby the current Labor Government in Victoria for sensible policy reforms that will place animal welfare at the heart of any legislative changes. Josiah Pit Josiah has been with Aquarium Industries for nine years and has oversight of the operations and supply chain functions, in particular the fish care, purchasing and logistics departments. Josiah consults with numerous Government departments and advisory boards with regards to ornamental fish health, biosecurity and general industry issues and is often invited to speak at national and international workshops and conferences. He holds a PhD in Marine Biology and Aquaculture and has kept ornamental fish for as long as he can remember, with a particular interest in marine fish. Prior to his current role, Josiah worked on pearl farms throughout the Indo-pacific...

GroomEx Launches in QLD Today!

Presented by Oster and PIAA, GroomEx 2015 will include an exciting display of the surreal sport of creative dog grooming. This jaw-dropping competition reveals the talents of extreme dog groomers, equipped with colored chalk, hair spray and an overabundance of imagination, as they sculpt their dogs’ fur into works of creativity and weirdness. This year the event also includes the increasingly popular nail art competition in which dogs nails are transformed into amazing works of art. Australia’s elite and highly skilled creative dog groomers will transform dogs into pandas, ponies, lions, giraffes and favorite cartoon or video game characters to the amazement of onlookers. Often, the end result is unrecognisable from the dog that first took its place on the grooming table. Last year’s winner Carissa Moffat transformed Sherbert, a white poodle into Sean the Sheep!   This process is enjoyed by groomer and dog alike, with all products used being safe for the animals. And this shared enjoyment is at the heart of the event.  PIAA Grooming Director Karen Swan explains, “We love bringing new aspects of the dog world to the attention of the public to help them discover the joy that pets bring and to showcase all the different and creative ways people can become involved with them. Participating in GroomEx has given groomers a sense of pride and achievement which they take back to their salons”, she continues “It also gives them an opportunity to become more artistic via the nail art or Asian trend categories”. Grooming and Pet Care Sector on the rise The inspirational designs reflect the entrant’s artistic flare and skills in...

Joining the Pet Industry?

10 Questions you need to ask when considering joining the Pet Industry Do you have a great idea but don’t know where to start? Here’s the top 10 things we think you should consider when thinking of joining our industry. 1.What exactly IS your business? Have a clear understanding of the product or service you are providing. Have you done market research? Have you looked into who your competitors are? By doing this you will gain a better understanding of what you need to offer in your business to ensure success. 2.Should you join an Industry Group? The Pet Industry Association is the only industry association in Australia created to represent all businesses in the pet industry. Formed in 1979 as the PIJAC, we have evolved into a peak organisation which aims to create an environment of best practice principles and ongoing learning for improved technology and systems in the pet industry. Joining an industry group early in your planning for your business allows you to access help, find mentors, get important industry information and meet successful business people in the industry. By joining PIAA you will also have access to events and industry networking opportunities. 3.Have you got a plan? Unless your business is going to be a hobby business, a business plan is a good idea. Business plan templates can be found on the net, or from your accountant and TAFE students can also access a business planning kit. Not much good starting a business if it’s not going to pay for itself (and pay you too!). CLICK HERE for some useful links. 4.Can you fund it? You...

Spring Allergy Alert

Pet Insurance Australia’s Spring Allergy Alert is aiming to raise awareness of pet allergies. With spring being the most popular time of year many dogs and cats suffer from symptoms. “Spring is firmly upon us, and as many humans deal with bouts of itchy eyes, and those dreaded uncontrollable sneezes,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “The fact is many of our pets also begin to suffer at this time of year.” To find out more about the types of allergies that affect our pets during this time of year, Pet Insurance Australia caught up with Dr. Chris Papantonio from the Colyton Vet Hospital in NSW. “Skin allergies in pets can be quite common especially over the spring and summer months,” Dr. Papantonio says. “Allergies can present themselves quite quickly and without appropriate treatment can cause severe reactions to your pet.” Common symptoms of pet allergies include: *Itchy skin *Rashes *Paw chewing *Scratching *Persistent head shaking *Smelly ears *Head scratching *Hair loss *Excessively oily skin *Smelly skin “If one or more of these symptoms are present it’s vital you seek veterinary treatment,” Crighton says. “Pet allergies, particularly on the skin and ears, needs to be controlled so they do not escalate into other problems, such as infection.” Dr. Papantonio also advises seeking help to avoid future outbreaks while also doing some detective work to discover what could be the main cause for the allergy. “Avoiding the allergens is they key, but the problem is trying to work out what your pet is allergic to,” Dr. Papantonio says. “Pet owners should also ensure their parasite control is up to...

Spring Weather = Swooping Birds and Slithering Snakes!

WIRES CEO Leanne Taylor, has issued a request on behalf NSW’s native wildlife for the public to ‘keep their cool’ when they encounter swooping birds or snakes this spring. Snakes are far more prevalent during the spring and summer months, especially as they come out of winter hibernation. According to Taylor they are generally placid creatures and if left alone will invariably disappear of their own accord. “Snakes are very common in spring and summer and regularly spotted in suburban backyards,” said Taylor. “We strongly advise to never approach one as most people are bitten either trying to catch or get rid of a snake. Keeping your lawn trimmed and your yard free of debris is the best way to keep them from lingering on your property.” In the unlikely event you find a snake in the house, WIRES recommends that people and pets are moved into other rooms, and if safe to do so, isolate the snake by closing the doors to the room and placing towels at the base of the doors before calling WIRES for help. Another common public issue during springtime is swooping birds including magpies, currawongs, noisy miners and plovers, which can become overly protective of their nests. “Swooping on passers-by is completely natural behaviour for many native bird species as a protection against anything they see as a threat to their young,” said Taylor. “They are simply doing what any parent would do to protect their offspring from danger and we urge the public to understand that this seemingly aggressive behaviour only lasts until the chicks have flown the nest.” WIRES advises people...
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