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World Veterinary Day focuses on vector-borne diseases
This year's global day celebrates the role of vets in raising awareness of vector-borne diseases.
Work of vets to raise awareness of VBDs celebrated

Vector-borne diseases with zoonotic potential are the focus of this year's World Veterinary Day, which takes place tomorrow (25 April).

The global day was initiated 15 years ago by the World Veterinary Association. This year it will celebrate the work of vets across the globe in raising awareness of vector-borne diseases, which are transmitted from one animal to another, often via biting insects such as mosquitos.

The International Federation for Animal Health has welcomed the theme for this year. Executive director Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, said: "We're delighted that this year's World Veterinary Day theme will highlight the issues caused by vector-borne diseases.

"VBDs is a topic that IFAH has had a strong focus on for the last 12 months, acknowledging the significant and growing potential for these diseases to affect both animal and human health."

Such diseases account for around 17 per cent of all infectious diseases globally and are responsible for high morbidity levels in humans, economic losses in livestock and compromised animal welfare.

Each year there are more than 17,000 reported cases of African sleeping sickness in humans. The disease is also responsible for annual cattle production losses of up to $1.2 billion. It affects 36 sub-Saharan African countries.

"It is essential that everyone appropriate involved in human and animal health tackle vector-borne diseases collaboratively and head on, to prevent further devastation and loss of life where we can," Carel added.

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Webinar to explore the meaning of veterinary leadership

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 The WSAVA has announced a free webinar exploring the meaning of veterinary leadership in the 21st century.

Taking place at noon on Tuesday, October 19, the webinar will explore the role of veterinary professionals in leading on animal welfare, the leadership competencies required of all veterinary professionals, and the effects of leadership style on teams.

The webinar, which ends with a Q&A session, will be moderated be WSAVA President Dr Siraya Chunekamrai and led by Veterinary Management Group President Richard Casey. For more information and to access the event, click here

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Horiba announces veterinary haematology webinar

Horiba Medical has announced a free webinar providing practical insight on best practice in veterinary haematology. Entitled 'In practice haematology - Beyond the pale!' the webinar will be presented by Ronnie Barron from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School.

Ronnie's presentation, which will conclude with a Q&A session, will look at QC and artefacts of sample quality and review the effects of different pathologies. Using images, photomicrographs and video links, he will also explain the techniques and equipment needed to complement analytical automation to confirm results quality.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, October 28 (7.30-9pm). For more details and to register, click here.