Vets and VNs have just two months left to register for a major autumn conference set to unite veterinary and human medics in the fight against killer zoonoses.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) transfer between animals and humans has been a growing concern for public health campaigners and health care workers alike, and with the ease of air travel, zoonotic infections have the potential to travel the globe in a matter of hours.

The conference, “One Health: making a powerful concept work for infectious disease”, will take place in London on October 13.

It will feature talks from leading public health officials and veterinary academics on infection control protocols, AMR, disease vectors and emerging zoonotic diseases – including commentary on Africa’s ongoing Ebola outbreak.

The event is a joint initiative from owner awareness charity The Bella Moss Foundation (BMF) and the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), with the aim of uniting human health and veterinary professionals moving forward on infection issues.

Encouraging practitioners to register for the event, BSAVA past president and conference speaker Michael Day said: “This BMF/RSM symposium is timely, given the mounting national and global concern from governments and the scientific community around the area of AMR and zoonotic infections.

Solutions to the issues surrounding AMR and other infections will require the human medical and veterinary professions to work together with a true One Health approach.

“I hope this symposium will be another step forward for One Health and foster discussion that will lead to concrete outcomes in future infectious disease control.”

BMF founder Jill Moss said: “The conference promises to be a stimulating, lively day of learning and debate and will be a must for any vets and nurses keen to get up to speed on AMR and zoonoses and help shape how we tackle these very real threats to human and animal health.”

Practitioners and students can register online. Registration costs £95 for vets and VNs (with a £20 discount for BSAVA members) and £45 for veterinary students and SVNs.

The conference is also keen to attract posters relating to responsible antimicrobial use and infection control. The deadline to submit posters is September 15. For an abstract submission form, email Susanne Schweda at

Please ensure before submitting entries you will be free to present your poster at the meeting.

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