Thursday, 31 July 2014

Would you like to learn more about Vector-Borne Diseases in Pets?

We are happy to announce that the CVBD conference hosted of the Bayer HealthCare Animal Division is now available on-demand to provide access to leading case studies on pets and raises awareness on the importance of "One Health" and zoonotic approaches within the veterinary and public health fields.

Vector-borne disease is an important topic for Bayer. The Animal Health division hosted the 2014 Canine Vector-Borne Disease (CVBD) Web Conference to raise awareness about the diseases that can be transmitted by vectors between dogs and people.  This conference focused on case-studies in vector borne disease treatment, and the broader public health implications of zoonotic disease transmission.  Over 7,000 veterinarians and those interested in CVBDs, from 123 countries, registered online for the Bayer event. Broadcasted live from Barcelona, Spain, in six different languages (English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Russian), the 3rd CVBD Web Conference was formatted into two symposia: the first session was primarily designed for pet-focused veterinarians on key veterinarians on key clinical aspects of pet animals infected with e.g. Bartonella, Ehrlichia or Leishmania; and the second session was designed for a broad, medical and public health audience to raise awareness of “One Health” and the rising incidence of zoonotic diseases. The webconference is now available freely on-demand at

Supporting by the event’s digital format, the 3rd CVBD Web Conference also fielded questions live from the internet audience to a panel of leading veterinarians and public health professionals. And for the first time, the 3rd CVBD Web Conference also featured a live Twitter broadcast, utilizing the hashtags #CVBD and #OneHealth.

“We were pleased to invite veterinary students around the world to learn from global experts on vector-borne disease,” said Frederic Lohr, Immediate Past President and Trust Member of the International Veterinary Students Association (IVSA). “The digital format, supported by social media, provides our member’s access to the experts, and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.” 
“We are encouraged that over 7,000 participants, from over 130 different countries, showed their interest and engaged on this important public health topic,” said Professor Norbert Mencke, Global Head Veterinary Services, Bayer HealthCare Animal Health. “Together with representation from WSAVA, Leish Vet, (OTHERS) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, important information about the spread of vector borne zoonotic disease was shared globally.”

About Canine Vector-Borne Disease (CVBD)
Canine vector-borne diseases (CVBD) are a growing international public health threat. These diseases, transmitted by blood-feeding ectoparasites, include ticks (Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and hemoplasmosis), fleas (canine bartonellosis and feline rickettsiosis), and sand flies (leishmaniosis).  They are known to veterinarians and public health professionals throughout the world and in some cases also have zoonotic consequences.

About the CVBD Web Conference
The CVBD web conference is supported by Bayer HealthCare Animal Health Division, a specialist in the field of parasite prevention. This 3rd CVBD web conference is designed to engage information seekers, experts and specialists in veterinary medicine, human health and medicine, and public health to raise scientific awareness of zoonosis, “One Health” and its global impact. More information at

Dominick Kennerson, Tel. +49 175 3014985

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