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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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Practices urged to support #vets4vultures

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 Veterinary professionals are being urged to take part in the #vets4vultures online fundraising campaign. Vultures are persecuted throughout the world and numbers of some species have fallen by 99.9 per cent in recent years. Wildlife Vets International rescue and rehabilitate the birds of prey, as well as training local vets. However, the charity needs to raise £18,000 for its conservation plans to go ahead next year.

It has been selected for The Big Christmas Give Challenge, which goes live on 28 November. To help practices encourage clients to get involved, there is an online promotional pack containing resources for websites and social media platforms.

For more information emailinfo@wildlifevetsinternational  

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Avian flu text alert service launched in Northern Ireland

A new text system to alert bird keepers to the threat of avian flu has been launched in Northern Ireland. The service will enable bird keepers to take action to protect their flock at the earliest opportunity.

Keepers who have already provided NI's Department of Agriculture with a valid mobile number have automatically been subscribed to the service and notified by text. Bird keepers who have not yet received a text should text ‘BIRDS’ to 67300 to register.