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March 11, 2013

ESCCAP UK Parasite CPD Day A Huge Success

The recent ‘Everyday Parasites’ CPD day, presented by the UK and Ireland contingent of the European Scientific Counsel for Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP UK & Ireland), was deemed a huge success with 55 attendees receiving top quality companion animal parasite CPD. The impressive amount of interaction and questions from the equal numbers of attending vets, vet nurses and SQPs was a great indicator of how beneficial the day was to everyone that took part. All lectures were filmed and will be available to view online at www.esccapuk-cpd.co.uk.

Tackling the concerns at the forefront of companion animal parasitology, the ‘Everyday Parasites’ day offered bang up to date information and advice that is relevant to vets, vet nurses and SQPs right now. Fleas, ticks and worms were covered, including Toxocara and Angiostrongylus vasorum (lungworm) – the latter receiving ever-increasing media interest due to high profile awareness campaigns. The presentation on Toxocara focused on its zoonotic capabilities, with a review of the evidence of its potential impact on humans. The wide range of reported health and well-being implications highlighted the importance of education about and control of this parasite that often passes under the radar.

It wasn’t just factual information about the parasites that was given either – advice about initiating compliance, integrated parasite control and the resources on offer from ESCCAP UK was also shared, giving the attendees a full armoury of tools to play their part in the fight against companion animal parasites in the UK. One vet attendee was keen to share her thoughts of the day; “To have been given impartial information from trusted experts on a topic that affects me and every small animal vet, every day, is so important. I feel much better equipped now to give clear advice to my clients and colleagues regarding parasite control.”

Maggie Fisher; ESCCAP director, consultant parasitologist and one of the speakers at the CPD day was encouraged by the range of people that attended the event, saying “To see vets, vet nurses and SQPs learning together at an event like this is great because it is ensures a consistent message from all professionals that is going to ensure that pet owners everywhere get the right messages about parasite risks and control.”

The talks from the ‘Everyday Parasites’ CPD day will be the latest addition to a growing library of all the previous ESCCAP UK CPD lectures, available to view at www.esccapuk-cpd.co.uk. Information about upcoming CPD events can also be found here and all ESCCAP CPD events are AMTRA accredited where possible. There are also companion animal parasite reference resources on offer from ESCCAP UK including online, downloadable and printed materials such as Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) tools and advice, posters, leaflets and study aids at www.esccapuk.org.uk.


The European Scientific Counsel for Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) was formed in 2005. It is an independent, not for profit organisation, comprising a group of eminent veterinarians across Europe all with recognised expertise in the field of parasitology. ESCCAP is dedicated to providing access to clear and constructive information for veterinarians and pet owners with the aim of strengthening the animal human bond. It works to provide the knowledge essential to help eradicate parasites in pets and the objective is to have a Europe where parasites are no longer a health issue for pets or humans.

ESCCAP UK is the UK national association of ESCCAP and brings together some of the UK’s leading experts in the field of veterinary parasitology. ESCCAP UK works with pet owners and veterinary/animal care professionals to raise awareness of the threat from parasites and to provide UK relevant information and advice.

For more information, please visit www.ESCCAPUK.org.uk or contact ESCCAP UK by Tel: 01684 568998, Fax: 05603 102013 or Email: info@esccapuk.org.uk