The objectives are to promote hospital infection control and antimicrobial stewardship in small animal practice and to educate a new generation of veterinary infectious disease specialists to be able to develop and implement infection control programmes (ICPs) and antimicrobial stewardship programmes (ASPs). Postgraduate education in this area is regarded as one of the key missions of ESGVM in order to meet the current public and animal health concerns related to the occurrence of multidrug-resistant
bacteria and the increasing demand for responsible antibiotic use in veterinary medicine.

The course will be held on 4th April and will be a satellite meeting at the annual BSAVA congress (5 – 8 April 2018).
40 – 50 veterinary general practitioners, specialists, academics and nurses interested in developing and implementing antimicrobial stewardship and infection control programmes in small animal veterinary medicine.
Maria Constança Pomba, Lisbon, Portugal
Luca Guardabassi, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Dorina Timofte, Liverpool, United Kingdom
ESCMID Study Group for Antimicrobial stewardshiP – ESGAP
ESCMID Study Group for Veterinary Microbiology - ESGVM
• Biomérieux
• CEVA Animal Health
• European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS)
The organizers of the course will apply for accreditation through the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS).


David Brodbelt, Hatfield, United Kingdom
Gaud Catho, NA, Switzerland
Luca Guardabassi, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Nonke Hopman, Utrecht, Netherlands
David Lloyd, Hatfield, United Kingdom
Anette Loeffler, NA, United Kingdom
Louise O'Dwyer, Manchester, United Kingdom
Maria Constança Pomba, Lisbon, Portugal
Céline Pulcini, Nancy, France
Tina Moeller Soerensen, Frederiksberg C, Denmark
Nicola Williams, Neston, United Kingdom

Contact Person (Scientific Programme)

Dorina Timofte
University of Liverpool
Institute of Veterinary Science
Brownlow Hill
L69 7ZX Liverpool
United Kingdom
+44 151 794 6193

Administrative Secretariat

Els Broens
Utrecht University
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Dept. of Clinical Infectious Diseases
Yalelaan 1
3508 Utrecht
+31 30 253 1099

Venue Info

Event Map
Venue Details
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Broad Street, B1 2EP Birmingham
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

08:00 - 10:00
Session 1: Fundamentals of infection control and antimicrobial stewardship
08:00 - 08:40
Why are infection control and antimicrobial stewardship needed in veterinary medicine?
Speaker(s): Luca Guardabassi
08:40 - 09:20
What is antimicrobial stewardship?
Speaker(s): Céline Pulcini
09:20 - 10:00
Antimicrobial stewardship and infection control practices in veterinary medicine
Speaker(s): Nicola Williams
10:00 - 10:30
Coffee break
10:30 - 12:30
Session 2: Best practices for infection prevention and control
10:30 - 11:10
Creation and implementation of a written infection control plan
Speaker(s): Louise O'Dwyer
11:10 - 11:50
Surveillance of disease and AMR in companion animals
Speaker(s): David Brodbelt
11:50 - 12:30
MRSA/MRSP patient management
Speaker(s): Anette Loeffler
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 - 15:30
Session 3: Antimicrobial stewardship in small animal practice – from theory to practice
13:30 - 14:00
The most promising antibiotic stewardship strategies in human medicine
Speaker(s): Céline Pulcini
14:00 - 14:30
Optimization of diagnostic strategies for UTI in companion animal practice
Speaker(s): Tina Moeller Soerensen
14:30 - 15:00
Computer-assisted decision making
Speaker(s): Gaud Catho
15:00 - 15:30
Guiding prudent use of antimicrobials in companion animal practice to protect animal and human health
Speaker(s): Nonke Hopman
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 18:00
Session 4: Antibiotic choice – which antibiotic is the right one?
16:00 - 16:40
Critical steps in decision making
Speaker(s): Luca Guardabassi
16:40 - 17:20
ISCAID guidelines for superficial pyoderma, UTI and respiratory infections
Speaker(s): David Lloyd
17:20 - 18:00
Interactive cases of MDR bacterial infections in companion animals
Speaker(s): Maria Constança Pomba
18:00 - 18:30
Session 5: Panel discussion (interactive discussion with all speakers)
20:00 - 22:00
Social dinner
22:00 - 23:30
“Meet-the-experts” at the restaurant

The registration fee covers the teaching materials (handouts, laboratory materials), one lunch, coffee breaks and one social dinner. Travel and accommodation are not included.
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