Zoonotic threat is “like never before” says BVA speaker

Zoonotic infections threaten us like never before, world-leading expert Professor Tom Solomon will tell next month’s British Veterinary Association (BVA) members’ day gathering in Edinburgh.

Director of the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool, Prof. Solomon will say that a “One Health, multidisciplinary approach”, linking human, animal and environmental health, is needed to tackle the problem.

The professor will also argue that by working together, vets and medics can play a vital role in preventing infections passing from animals to humans through surveillance, disease recognition and improved diagnostics.

BVA President, John Blackwell, another scheduled keynote speaker at the Edinburgh event, added: “The veterinary contribution to the One Health agenda has never been so important, by linking animal and human health and feeding veterinary surveillance, captured at a local level, into the global efforts to combat zoonotic disease.”

The members’ day meeting, which is due to take place on September 24, will be followed by BVA’s agm. This will include the election of a new officer team, with Sean Wensley nominated by BVA Council to become the new president, Gudrun Ravetz nominated to become junior vice president, and John Blackwell to become senior vice president.

Headline image shows Prof. Solomon (photograph by Joel Redman)

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