AVTRW BSAS 2022 Conference Session

26 Oct 2021

The Association for Veterinary Teaching and Research Work (AVTRW) will be leading a session at the BSAS 2022 conference. Titled ‘Global Zoonotic Disease’, the session will see the speaker panel address the views on Zoonotic Disease from both the UK, European and Australasian perspectives, before inviting questions from delegates in a post event Q&A session. AVTRW is an organisation composed of those engaged primarily in veterinary teaching or in related research fields. It aims to further the interests of its members through the organisation of scientific meetings and political lobbying activities within the veterinary and academic arenas.

‘The AVTRW are very excited to be involved in next year’s conference, building on a historic link between the organisations due to our shared interests in promoting good quality research across the veterinary sector. The session will be of interest to all animal sectors, covering zoonotic diseases across a wide range of species and across multiple continents, making this a truly global topic.’ Sophie Mahendran, AVTRW President.

One of three keynote speakers for the session is Dr Valentina Busin, a celebrated Senior University Clinician (Veterinary Pathology, Public Health & Disease Investigation) at the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine. Working as a farm animal clinician, Valentina manages the farm animal postmortem service in collaboration with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC Ayr). Valentina graduated from the University of Turin, Italy, in 2007 and worked in mixed farm animal practices for 3 years, before undertaking a farm animal residency and obtaining the Diploma for the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management in 2014. She subsequently completed a mechanical engineering PhD program jointly between Moredun and Heriot-Watt University. Valentina has lectured nationally and internationally and authored multiple scientific papers. Her interests focus on small ruminant medicine and production, farm animal disease diagnostics (with a specific interest for on-farm investigations and point-of-care testing) and gross pathology of surveillance purposes.

The session will be chaired by Steve Dunham, Associate Professor in Veterinary Virology at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, at the University of Nottingham, where he is actively involved in research alongside his teaching responsibilities. Steve has a broad range of interests in veterinary and fundamental virology. A key focus of his research is the study of influenza A in avian hosts. Using molecular and cellular approaches, Steve aims to understand the mechanisms of host resistance and disease development in avian species using ducks and chickens as representative hosts in a natural model for influenza A infection.