The Responsible use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) conference 2023, is this year being delivered via a series of weekly online webinars throughout November.
Each webinar will feature panel discussions covering a range of One Health topics relating to the responsible use of medicines in agriculture.
There is a fantastic line-up of highly respected industry speakers for RUMA 2023 who will be providing valuable insight into a variety of responsible use topics. There will also be an opportunity to put forward questions during each session.
The webinars are free to attend, but pre-booking is required.
You can view all five sessions and book on the RUMA 2023 website:
- 1 November 2023 (10am to 11.30am) – Session 1: VARSS headlines and TTF Report launch In this session, RUMA will launch and discuss the latest RUMA Targets Task Force Report and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate will launch its Veterinary Antibiotic Resistance and Sales Surveillance Report (UK-VARSS) summarising the UK’s progress against antibiotic use targets and UK sales of antibiotics
- 8 November 2023 (10am to 11.30am) – Session 2: UK Agriculture – The global picture and the UK position. This session will discuss a range of responsible use topics related to UK agriculture assessing recent predictions on global antibiotic use as well as revisiting the UK position and journey to date on antibiotic reductions in livestock. The core discussion topics will be centred around:
- The global picture and the UK position
- How low can we go?
- Affordable food – the necessary compromises
- Are we doing enough?
- 15 November 2023 (10am to 11.30am) – Session 3: RUMA Companion Animal and Equine – The importance of expanding the AMR journey beyond livestock. In this session, guest speakers from our sibling organisation, RUMA Companion Animal and Equine (CA&E) will share an overview of their work to date which will include the journey undertaken to define national metrics for measuring antibiotic use in dogs and cats, plus key sector initiatives such as the Antibiotic Amnesty. RUMA CA&E will also discuss the latest national usage figures released in its annual report and explore the next steps in the measures and targets journey. Finally, the session will open up discussion around the need for data for the CA&E sectors and how learnings from the Livestock sectors have helped shape their work in this area
- 22 November 2023 (10am to 11.30am) – Session 4: Environment – UK standards and a global context The session will open with the headline findings from a desktop study commissioned by RUMA which explores the environmental aspects associated with the responsible use of medicines in agriculture. A panel of speakers will then discuss the key findings of the report and explore any steps we have to take to ensure our use of medicines is responsible in terms of the whole One Health agenda
- 29 November (10am to 11.30am) – Session 5: What does One Health mean? The interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary journey to sustainability.
- This session will consider a number of topics and areas under the One Health sphere as well as taking into account the challenges that exist under each of the core pillars as well as the social and economic aspects of One Health
- Finally, the debate panel will deliberate whether enough is being done and what should happen next
Find out more about RUMA conference 2023 on their website.