ISCAID to hold its 2022 Symposium in Glasgow this September

Published: 3 August 2022

ISCAID's 2022 Symposium will include a range of exciting topics in companion animal infectious disease, including One Health topics spanning a spectrum of zoonotic pathogens in both man and animals.

Veterinary researchers from around the world will descend on Glasgow this September for a major conference discussing the infectious diseases that affect companion animals. The conference programme comprises three packed days of presentations from leading scientists, covering a range of veterinary pathogens of importance in the UK and abroad. CVR Researcher Professor Margaret Hosie holds the position of Conference Chair for the organisation. 

Practitioners’ Day 6th September
A particular highlight of the Congress is a one-day programme specifically tailored to practising veterinary surgeons that will take place on Tuesday 6th September. The Practitioners’ Day programme will feature talks from internationally recognised experts, speaking on topics chosen to be particularly relevant to practising veterinary surgeons, such as emerging diseases in the UK pet population. New developments in the diagnosis and treatment of feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) will also be covered in depth. The application of antiviral therapy to cats with FIP has revolutionised the treatment of this condition, however, questions remain on the best practice and so a round table discussion involving a host of FIP specialists from around the world has been organised to address this issue. Recent work on acute haemorrhagic diarrhoea syndrome (AHDS) will be discussed by Dr Melanie Werner (University of Zurich).

The programme has a strong ‘One Health’ flavour, encompassing pathogens that cause disease in both man and animals. Dr Emi Barker (University of Bristol) will speak about the impact of canine brucellosis in the UK, an important emerging disease linked to increasing numbers of imported dogs. Dr Angela Bosco-Lauth (Colorado State University) will speak about the effect of Covid-19 in animals, while Katrin Hartmann (University of Munich) will discuss leptospirosis. Antimicrobial resistance, another critical topic that is equally relevant to animal and human health, will also be covered in the programme.

Veterinary Education and Continuing Profession Development
The conference offers an ideal opportunity for continuing professional development in subject areas very relevant to the general practitioner, with world-renowned clinician scientists addressing clinical dilemmas and providing updates on infectious disease testing and treatment. The programme is also designed to provide an opportunity for veterinary students to improve their knowledge of infectious disease, with career-development opportunities for postgraduates. An informal Networking Breakfast for Postgraduates will allow them to meet senior academic and industry colleagues to learn more about careers in academia and industry.

Professor Willie Weir, co-chair of the local organising committee commented “We are very pleased that this major veterinary conference comes to Scotland in 2022 and we look forward to welcoming leading researchers from around the world to the Central Hotel in Glasgow for a packed programme of talks.

First published: 3 August 2022

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