Infection Control in Practice
1 Donald Mackintosh Way, Scrivener Drive
Control of infectious diseases relies upon the successful combination of effective management procedures, rapid diagnostic tests and development of effective vaccines.
The veterinary surgeon will often be called to premises where the animals may present with non-specific symptoms – e.g. “coughing”. In the case of horses and dogs, this could have an infectious (viral or bacterial) or non-infectious aetiology. Furthermore, animals presenting with neurological signs (incoordination, ataxia, paralysis) may not necessarily be suffering from the effects of infectious disease. Instead, the causes could be genetic, metabolic, nutritional, environmental or even poisoning.
In this informative session delivered by Professor Duncan Hannant from the University of Nottingham, delegates will gather an understanding of diagnostics in terms of which samples to take, when to take them, and which tests should be used.
There will also be an opportunity to learn about the different methods used to differentiate between antibody responses, which is critical to the understanding of disease control and management.
Duncan Hannant became Professor of Applied Immunology at the University of Nottingham in 2006, having previously been Head of Immunology and Research Co-ordinator at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in Newmarket.
Over the last five years he has coordinated the EU FP7 Collaborative Project “WildTech”, along with 13 international partners and 45 associate partners. This project and his current research is focused on rapid and accurate diagnosis of infectious diseases in wildlife, farm livestock and companion animals.
During the evening there will be several opportunities for group work and Q&A sessions with the speaker.