A challenging series of interactive workshops to probe anthelmintic resistance (AR) and understand the challenges posed by worms is being organised for sheep vets this month.

Sponsored by Novartis Animal Health, the Resistance Management workshops will look at current animal performance and welfare, as well as discussing ways to develop new control strategies and providing a sound understanding of host parasite interactions.

“Vets are key to implementing integrated worm control programmes on farms and these meetings will provide them with the latest thinking on parasite control, the spread of anthelmintic resistance and the development of new control strategies based on SCOPS (Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep) principles,” says Novartis Animal Health vet advisor Simon Harris.

“They have been approved by both the Sheep Veterinary Society and SCOPS and they will also provide an opportunity for vets to discuss ways of identifying AR on farms, identify worm monitoring tools and look at the technical support that is available to help them slow down the onset of AR,” commented Mr Harris.

“AR represents a major threat to the UK sheep industry and implementing the correct strategies while its status is still low reaps the most benefit, but that means everybody needs to work together to establish status before any obvious problems and then know what to do,” he said. “These workshops will help provide the tools people need.”

The venues and dates of the “Resistance Management the missing link” workshops, which will all start at 2pm and be followed by buffet and drinks, are:

  • Perth – Huntingtower Hotel, Crieff Road, Perth (October 14);
  • Exeter – Gipsy Hill Hotel, Gipsey Hill Lane, Pinhoe Exeter EX1 3RN (October
  • 14)
  • Ross on Wye – Chase Hotel, Gloucester Road , Ross on Wye HR9 5LH (October 21)
  • Chester – Ramada Chester, Whitchurch Road, Christleton, Chester CH3 5QL (October 21)
  • Kendal – The Castle Green Hotel, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 6RG (October 22)
  • Newtown St Boswells – Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, St Boswells, Melrose TD6 0RQ (October 28)

For further details and to book a place, contact your local Novartis Animal Health account manager, telephone 01276 694435 or email jayne.whisken@novartis.com

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