Dr Cassie Maria moves to Clarence as new district vet

FOOT and mouth disease, Johne's disease, ticks and hendra.

These are a few of the words that leave Clarence Valley farmers shaking.

FRESH FACE: Local Land Services new district vet Dr Cassie Maria. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
FRESH FACE: Local Land Services new district vet Dr Cassie Maria. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Dr Maria said she was out on the farm daily ensuring biosecurity, surveying herds and performing post-mortems to make sure there were no nasty diseases present in our region.

"We want the prevention of exotic disease in the country," Dr Maria said.

"If that would come into Australia it would be absolutely devastating for our production.

"We want to stop it in its tracks.

"These diseases can cripple farmers and put them in bankruptcy.

"When we had equine influenza it cost the government and the racing industry millions of dollars."

Dr Maria is from Wee Waa and has just moved from Bundaberg to the Clarence Valley.

"I'm only brand-new to the region," she said.

"There are so many beautiful places to go to and see."



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