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HORIBA to host CPD meeting to arm veterinary professionals with vital information on exotic parasite testing

HORIBA’s free educational webinar will discuss the importance of testing imported dogs to detect and address emerging disease threats

HORIBA UK Limited announces that it is to host an online CPD meeting focusing on “Exotic Parasites – The Importance of Testing in The Imported Dog”. Scheduled for Thursday 1 July 2021 from 7.30pm to 9pm BST, Ian Wright BVMS, MSc, MRCVS, Head of ESCCAP (the European Scientific Council for Companion Animal Parasites) UK and Ireland, will present on the importance of testing protocols in diseases of imported dogs. Free registration and more information are available through the HORIBA website.

The number of pets imported to the UK has risen sharply throughout the COVID pandemic, with puppy prices reaching levels previously unseen and giving rise to many being imported illegally. Pets imported via official routes typically undergo a series of detailed tests and prophylactic treatments to prevent the transmission of exotic diseases. However, many of the current tests in place, such as ELISA, are troublesome and laborious, with veterinary clinicians waiting extended periods of time for test results from reference laboratories. This increases the risk of poor outcomes and zoonotic disease transmission.

To help understand and combat this issue, HORIBA is offering an online CPD meeting, delivered by parasitology expert, Ian Wright BVMS BSc MSc MRCVS. The webinar aims to provide education and support to veterinary professionals, such as veterinary surgeons and students, registered veterinary nurses and student veterinary nurses, veterinary care assistants, and reception staff.

Ian Wright is a practising veterinary surgeon with a master’s degree in veterinary parasitology and is also ESCCAP Guideline Director, an editorial board member for the Companion Animal and VetCPD Journal. Regularly publishing in renowned, peer-reviewed journals in addition to running a veterinary practice, Ian is actively involved in veterinary research, including work on tick-borne diseases and intestinal nematodes.

The webinar-based meeting will provide an overview of emerging veterinary diseases with a particular focus on exotic parasites, discussing the need and emergence of accurate testing protocols and equipment in a time of exponentially increasing imported diseases. A final Q and A session will provide an opportunity to discuss specific questions.

Also to be introduced in the webinar, is a new rapid and easy-to-use, benchtop veterinary PCR system – the POCKIT Central (available from HORIBA in selected countries in Europe) – to help overcome testing challenges and provide an accurate screening tool for the identification of pathogens. Running up to eight samples, HORIBA’s POCKIT Central PCR has a simplified “sample in, result out” process with results available in just 85 minutes, giving veterinary surgeries access to faster diagnoses within their own practice.

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