The RCVS has reminded interested vets to book a place on its upcoming symposium on antimicrobial resistance in both human and veterinary medicine as the October 2 event creeps closer.

The RCVS is reminding vets who wish to take part in its joint symposium on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to book a ticket as the event is now only a couple of weeks away.

The symposium is to be held at the Royal College of Physicians near London's Regent ParkThe symposium – organised by the RCVS as well as the Royal College of Pathologists, the Royal College of Physicians and the Health Protection Agency – will be looking at AMR in both human and veterinary medicine.

Taking place on October 2 from 9:30am at the Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park, London, discussions will include:

  • a qualitative review of antibiotic usage
  • the prevalence of AMR
  • the pathogens affected in both the human and veterinary fields
  • the origins of resistance
  • an attempt to quantify the effect of animal antibiotic use on human health, and
  • the history of restrictions in medicine and whether they have been effective in previous cases

Speakers include:

  • Stephen Gillespie, University of St Andrews
  • Marc Lipsitch, Harvard University
  • Peter Davey, University of Dundee, and
  • Peter Silley, University of Bradford.

RCVS past-president Lord Sandy Trees, who will co-host the event, said: “Antimicrobial resistance is rapidly becoming one of the biggest challenges medicine faces – in both human and veterinary terms.

“This symposium aims to put debates around AMR on a rational, evidence-based footing, with presentations given by some of the leading UK, European and international experts on the different facets to the challenge.”

Visit the RCVS website to book your place at the symposium.

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