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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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ISFM announces first veterinary nurse conference

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 The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) - the veterinary division of International Cat Care - has announced its first annual conference dedicated to veterinary nurses. The day offers an opportunity to meet up with colleagues and enjoy more than five hours of stimulating CPD.

The conference is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon, on Saturday 15 September 2018. Tickets are £95 per person and include lunch, coffee breaks, downloadable proceedings and CPD certificate. For details and to book your place visit www.eventbrite.co.uk  

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WSAVA awards Australian vet with 'Next Generation’ award

Australian vet Dr Guyan Weerasinghe has been crowned winner of the WSAVA ‘Next Generation’ Veterinary Award. The award recognises those who graduated within the last 10 years and have made a significant contribution to the welfare of companion animals and the veterinary profession as a whole.

Besides maintaining a small animal caseload, Dr Weerasinghe works for the Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture where he is involved with animal disease surveillance and increasing the public health risks in veterinary practice. He also collaborates on various One Health projects across Australia and gives regular talks on the impact of climate change on animal health and welfare.

Dr Weerasinghe will receive his award at the WSAVA World Congress 2018 (25-28 September).