The organisers of the 2019 Official Veterinarian (OV) Conference are offering OVs the opportunity to win a free ticket to attend a day of this year’s conference. To win, OVs are asked to submit a question to a speaker of their choice by Monday 12 August. The question judged the most interesting will win the free ticket and five runners up will each receive a 50 percent discounted ticket. In each case, the OV can choose their preferred day to attend.
This year’s conference takes place against the backdrop of an increasing threat from notifiable diseases in the UK, with evidence of M. bovis infection linked to a raw pet food diet identified in cats, an outbreak of equine viral arteritis in Dorset and cases of African swine fever recently reported in western Europe. Speakers will address the increased threat as part of a programme that offers small animal and farm animal focused lecture streams on both days, an equine stream on the first day and a series of specialist workshops on the second.
Dr Andrew Soldan, Veterinary Director at APHA, said: “Notifiable diseases are an ongoing threat to the health and welfare of animals and our farming industries in the UK. Animal keepers and vets play a vital role in their early detection. We’re particularly concerned by the risk of African swine fever following the disease being found in wild boar in Belgium last year.
“Small animal and mixed practice OVs can help us reduce the risk of ASF infecting UK pigs by informing pig keepers of the risk and advising them of the importance of not feeding kitchen scraps and catering waste to pigs.
“We’re currently in the vector season so bluetongue is another disease to look out for in cattle and sheep. Providing advice to livestock farmers on how they can minimise the risk of its introduction through vaccination and checking the source of imported animals is another important role for OVs.”
Mr David Babington MRCVS, Business Development Director at Improve International, said: “OVs play a crucial role in monitoring our exposure to notifiable diseases and in alerting us to possible outbreaks. For this reason, providing a full update on the current disease status is an important element of this year’s programme, though we will also cover other important topics, including illegal puppy imports, pet travel and, inevitably I’m afraid, Brexit.”
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