Half-price AFTP course prize on offer at BCVA Congress 2017

19th - 21st Oct 2017 | The Promenade, Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, Southport, PR9 0DZ.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win a half-price AFTP course voucher* in our raffle competition.  

The British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary by hosting the BCVA Congress 2017 at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre between 19th – 21st October and the AFTP will be in attendance exhibiting our flexible training opportunities.

AFTP livestock lecturer Dr Neil Mackintosh, who is based at the Aberystwyth University (IBERS), will be attending the congress in Southport next week, so if you’re planning on travelling to the event, please make sure you drop by the AFTP stand and say hello and learn more about how our training could benefit you or your business. In addition, Neil will be selling raffle tickets and offering an attendee the chance to win a half-price AFTP voucher (* for a Aberystwyth University delivered course) in our special giveaway competition.

The BCVA Congress 2017 will focus principally on the vitally important area of ‘Responsible Use of Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance’ and the event will be headlined by keynote speaker Mike Apley, a professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology at Kansas State University in Manhattan, who will be giving attendees a ‘US perspective’ on the topic. 

The subject of Antimicrobial Resistance was covered comprehensively in the AFTP’s ‘Antimicrobial Resistance in the Food Chain’ MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) which was delivered online via the FutureLearn platform in August 2017.

The MOOC covered scientific mechanisms and farm practices which have enabled potentially harmful bacteria to become steadily more resistant (e.g. E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter), and the ways in which they can transfer from the farm to our dinner plates, potentially leading to infections in humans which may not be treatable.

Key speakers on the course included representatives from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), the pharmaceutical industries, and academics working in veterinary and human health from both the UK and overseas.

You can register your interest for our MOOC, which was developed in partnership with the University of Nottingham, on the FutureLearn website so you will be notified next time the course runs again. Relating to our MOOC, you may also be interested in attending our online Poultry Health course which started at the beginning of the month and features similar themes.

In addition, the AFTP has a range of ruminant courses taking place over the new few months including; Principles of Ruminant Nutrition which runs from 27 Nov - 1 Dec at Harper Adams University and Global Ruminant Production that takes place online from Jan - Apr 2018 and is delivered by Aberystwyth University.

To register or find out further details about the BCVA Congress 2017, please visit: https://www.bcva.eu/cpd/bcva-congress-2017

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