The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA), and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) are holding a conference to address key subjects from both an animal and human medicine perspective.

The conference is on November 3 at the Sainsbury’s Conference Centre, Holborn, London.

The programme includes: * What do we mean by responsible use? * What influences responsible use? * Measuring and monitoring medicine use * How do we communicate what we are doing?

Speakers and panellists will include chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens; chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies; chief scientific advisor to the Food Standards Agency Guy Poppy; chief executive officer of the VMD Pete Borriello‚ consultant in infectious disease at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Chris Conlon; Chris Butler, primary care, Oxford; senior vice-president of BVA John Blackwell‚ plus representatives from all the food animal sectors. The full programme will be released shortly.

RUMA and VMD emphasise this will be an interactive conference format with significant time for delegates to engage in question and answer sessions with the speakers and the panellists.

Organiseres say the conference will interest anyone involved or interested in the use of medicines in food-producing animals – incuding farmers, vets, suitably qualified persons, food processors, quality assurance, MEPs, MPs, regulators, retailers, consumer groups and the media.

The conference is on November 3 at the Sainsbury’s Conference Centre, Holborn, London. Places cost £95 (no VAT). To register your interest in attending, email rumaconference@gmail.com or telephone Jenny Townsend at NOAH on 0208 367 3131.

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