To help the veterinary profession address the growing international public threat of zoonotic vector-borne diseases, Bayer Animal Health is inviting veterinary professionals to join a global web conference on the topic on March 20.

Vector-borne diseases are transmitted by parasites to animals and humans, and have a significant impact on public health and our global economy. Nearly half of the world’s human population is infected with at least one type of vector-borne disease.
As international travel makes the spread of disease potentially faster and easier, it is increasingly important for vets and public health professionals to understand vector-borne diseases.

The third annual Canine Vector-Borne Diseases (CVBD) web conference aims to raise awareness of parasitic diseases such as those transmitted via ticks (Lyme borreliosis), fleas (bartonellosis), and sand flies (leishmaniasis).

Involving an international team of experts, there will be two sessions – a targeted case study session for vets and a round-table session for vets, physicians, and allied and public health professionals.

Online registration is now open and vets are invited to submit clinical case studies on the website to be considered for sharing with the audience.

“Vector-borne disease is a topic of critical importance for global public health,” said Michael Day from the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science.

“It involves both the veterinary and public health fields, and this web conference is unique because it brings both of these audiences and perspectives together.”

Broadcasting in English live from Barcelona, the web conference meetings will be simultaneously translated into Spanish, Italian, French, German and Russian to accommodate a global audience.

Social media will play a vital role in raising awareness of CVBD this year, with a live Twitter feed and supporting conference hashtags.

All interested veterinarians, physicians, allied and public health professionals are invited to register on the CVBD conference website.

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