Workshop on “Food Security: Infectious Diseases in Farm Animals”- Invited Lectures, Day 2

St. Catherine’s College, Manor Road, Oxford,  UK,  4-7th April 2016 

Attended by M Djuric, CAB International, Wallingford, UK, on 5th April 2016 (Day 2)

This workshop meeting was jointly organised by the Pirbright Institute, Woking, UK and Cairo University, Egypt and was sponsored by the British Council Research Links Programme.

The aims of the workshop were to build long-term and sustainable links between scientists in the UK and Egypt working in the field of infectious diseases of poultry and livestock.

The second day of the workshop  consisted of two sessions and included  four invited expert and engaging presentations by Professor Mohamed Shakal, Professor Fiona Tomly,  Professor Javier Guitian and Dr Roberto La Regione.

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Venue: St. Catherine's College, Manor Road, Oxford

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New £45m Veterinary School at University of Surrey, UK – Construction to Begin

M Djuric, DVM

The proposal to construct a new Veterinary School of Medicine at the Manor Park campus of the University of Surrey in Guildford, England, UK has been given planning permission by the Guildford Borough Council. This will be one of eight of veterinary schools in the UK.

The new Veterinary school will consist of three buildings.  The main academic building will include offices, teaching spaces, lecture theatres, research laboratories, a cafe and an animal clinical skills centre –  the new school’s flagship centre.

Horses-CABIThe animal clinical skills centre will include a haptics laboratory, which will feature simulators that will help students to develop their clinical diagnostic skills and mock veterinary surgery practise.

The University of Surrey will receive a grant from the Higher Funding Council for England for the clinical skills centre, which will include an animal examination area, as well as livestock and handling areas.

The new school of Veterinary Medicine will invest in 65 new posts within the university and joint academic posts with partner institutions, as well as numerous support staff roles.

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Veterinary Medical Profession Is Preparing to Celebrate its 250th Anniversary

The world's first veterinary school was officially established 249 years ago in Lyon, France in 1761.  

The slogan for World veterinary anniversary is "Vet for health, Vet for food, Vet for the Planet!" suggested by Dr Jacques Bruhlet of the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing. Even without mentioning animals, this particular slogan reveals so much to professional veterinarians about their role in human health (who invented slogans, anyway?).

Event highlights include an opening ceremony in Versailles, France, organized by the French Veterinary Academy and the National Veterinary School of Alfort on 24 January 2011. The second World Conference on Veterinary Education is scheduled for 12 to 16 May in Lyon. Another ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 30th World Veterinary Congress in Cape Town, South Africa from 10 to 14 October 2011.

Veterinary organizations from 78 countries have already confirmed to observe the 2011 milestone with special events throughout the year. Te European Commission, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have also signed on to highlight the many achievements of veterinarians in protecting human health and advancing veterinary medicine over the past 250 years.

CAB International will undoubtedly continue to support the international veterinary community, as it has been doing for the past 100 years (yes, it is CABI's 100th anniversary this year), through providing scientific information to both veterinary academics and practitioners. 

To learn more about Vet 2011, visit