Endemic diseases on AVSPNI & NIVA meeting agenda

Endemic diseases on AVSPNI & NIVA meeting agenda
NIVA Senior Vice President Esther Skelly Smith; guest speakers MariaGuelbenzu and Eric Morgan; NIVAPresident Sharon Verner; NIVA Junior Vice President Kirsten Dunbar; and NIVA Secretary Mark Little.

The great and the good of the Northern Ireland Veterinary community turned out in force for an AVSPNI & NIVA joint evening meeting on recognising the consequences of endemic diseases.

Held at the Seagoe Hotel in Portadown, on March 13 the event kicked off at 6pm with an AVSPNI Business Meeting which was followed by a sumptuous dinner for all in attendance.

The first talk of the night at 8pm addressed the issue of how can we eradicate IBR at farm level and at national level and was given by Maria Guelbenzu PhD MRCVS,  Programme Manager for BVD and IBR with Animal Health Ireland.

Speaker Eric Morgan with NIVA President Sharon Verner and speaker Maria Guelbenzu

The night concluded with a talk from Eric Morgan MA, VetMB, PhD, DipEVPC, MRCVS, posing the question Will Haemonchus become humongous?

Haemonchosis is predicted to be a winner under climate change scenarios for the UK and Ireland and already case numbers are rising.

During his talk Eric addressed how practitioners in NI should respond? With vets at the end able to adjust parasite control plans to take account of the specific pathobiology, epidemiology and diagnosis of Haemonchus contortus and rediscover a respect for worms.

The event would not have been possible without generous sponsorship of MSD Animal Health.