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FMDV vaccination strategy could reduce poverty in Eastern Africa

A targeted vaccination programme against foot-and-mouth disease (FMDV) could help to alleviate poverty in Eastern Africa, according to new research by the University of Glasgow and Pirbright Institute.

The team found that FMDV serotypes pass through livestock in ‘slow waves’, but livestock are rarely infected by viruses circulating in wild buffalo.

Researchers suggest that quickly identifying the serotype causing an outbreak would allow serotype-specific vaccines to be deployed, preventing the virus’s continued spread in sub-Saharan Africa. This would offer a cost-effective strategy for reducing the economic and health impacts on livestock keepers in these regions.

Lead author Dr Tiziana Lembo said: “Our research demonstrates that disease risks are driven by livestock - rather than wildlife-related factors. This is different to the situation in southern Africa, where there is spill over from buffalo to livestock, and control methods therefore focus on their separation.”

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Registrations open for overseas veterinary professionals course

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 Registrations are now open for the RCVS CPD course for overseas veterinary professionals, which covers an introduction to the UK veterinary professions.

The course is aimed at overseas-qualified veterinary surgeons and nurses during their first two years of working in the UK, in addition to those considering working here. It provides graduates with the key information and skills required to practice in the UK, as well as helping them understand their legal duties as veterinary professionals.

For more information and to book your place please click here. The course will be held at Belgravia House, London, on Wednesday 12 June.  

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BVA launches award to celebrate young vets

A new award has been launched to celebrate inspirational young vets who are making a difference in their day to day work.

Nominations are now open for the BVA Young Vet of the Year Award, which is the first of its kind. It is open to all vets registered with the RCVS in the first eight years of their careers, working in any veterinary sphere, including clinical practice, research, education or veterinary politics. Organisers are looking for an ‘exceptional young vet’ whose work has benefitted the veterinary community or the workplace.

The awards are open for self-entry and nominations by 1 August 2019. The winner will be announced at London Vet Show on 14 November 2019, where a £1000 cash prize will be awarded, alongside a ‘career enhancing experience’ with Zoetis.