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BSAVA joins 'beat the bugs' alliance
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"The threat of AMR isn't news to doctors, pharmacists, dentists or vets, but it also isn't going away."
Family-friendly video aims to raise awareness of AMR
 
The BSAVA has joined forces with pan-professional colleagues to establish an antimicrobial resistance alliance, that aims to prevent the spread of resistant infections through effective communication, education and training.

A new 'beat the bugs' video for families has been produced by the Bella Moss Foundation, a charity that promotes sensible use of antimicrobials and good hygiene in human and veterinary medicine.

The video, launched to mark the start of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (14-20 November), explains how children and their families can play their part in protecting our antibiotics.

Antibiotic resistance is an international one health concern. A support service run by Bella Moss receives at least 30 calls a week from human and animal clinicians, as well as pet owners battling antimicrobial infections.

Charity founder Jill Moss said: "The threat of AMR isn't news to doctors, pharmacists, dentists or vets, but it also isn't going away.

"In 2015 AMR was recognised as the potential source of a future civil emergency on the Government's national risk register, and earlier this year, the former Prime Minister's Review on AMR said if we don't act, by 2050 we could see 10 million global deaths every year caused by superbugs.

"That same report also said a real effort was needed to raise public awareness of AMR."

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New app to improve street dog welfare

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 A new free app will support vital work in clinics caring for stray dogs around the world, experts say. Created by the University of Edinburgh, the tool allows vets to track the wellbeing of dogs going through catch-neuter-return schemes, which are common in countries with large numbers of strays.

Vets say the welfare of individual dogs can be overlooked during the process of capture, transport or surgery. The app, piloted across Asia and Africa, helps staff to monitor welfare, spot signs of distress and develop strategies to improve care. It was launched at BSAVA Congress on Friday 6 April.  

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Environment secretary Michael Gove said: “This service will be instrumental in improving traceability and providing guarantees to consumers about the origin of their food. NFU President Minette Batters, among others, has helped lead the way on this, showing how it will drive a progressive and vibrant livestock industry once we leave the EU.”