SfAM, and the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) have teamed up to bring you a series of free webinars over two days with representatives from across the livestock industry and academia to share best practice on the responsible use of medicines, as well as infection prevention, control and the latest medical innovations.
This meeting will be of interest to farmers, agriculture workers, veterinary practices, the animal medicines industry, farm assurance professionals, consumers, animal welfare experts and, of course, microbiologists!
Companion animals - 13 July 09:30-10:50 BST
Companion animals for many people are a big part of our lives with close contact within our homes. However, as we learn more we realise they are able to acquire and exchange multidrug-resistant pathogens with humans, and may serve as a potential source of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) for their owners . The RUMA Companion Animal and Equine organisation has been established to encourage and promote the responsible use of medicines, and in particular antibiotics.
Aquaculture - 13 July 12:00-13:15 BST
The capability to manage aquaculture health issues has increased tremendously in the last few years, however the rapid growth and development of the aquaculture sector continues to generate new challenges for those involved in the sector. The use of medicines by the sector brings many challenges as we seek to treat fish effectively but with minimal impact on the environment.
Pig & Poultry - 14 July 09:30-10:50 BST
Antibiotic use was an issue of focus in both these sectors before RUMA and the relevant sector stakeholder organisations established voluntary rules and targets to ensure their effective and responsible use. This voluntary approach is now heralded as a template for responsible use of medicines in livestock.
Innovations in animal health - 14 July 12:00-13:50 BST
Equipping our farmers and vets with the necessary tools and solutions to keep farm animals in good health ensures more sustainable and efficient farming practices. Innovations such as rapid diagnostics for early detection and new therapeutics for treating infections will support prompt and targeted animal health management and contribute to preventing disease and when necessary treating infections.