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March 11, 2013

Free Parasitology CPD Day from ESCCAP UK

With parasites being one of the most common causes of a pet being presented to a vet, knowing your mycoses from your mites is important. This is compounded further when you consider that many parasitic diseases also pose a zoonotic threat. The UK contingent of the European Scientific Counsel for Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP UK) is hosting a free CPD day for vets to make sure that they are up to date with the very latest parasite information and able to advise their clients on the best control and treatment strategies.

To be held at the Statham Lodge Country House Hotel in Cheshire on the 21st February, the structure and content of the day is inspired by the ESCCAP UK ‘Everyday Parasites’ poster which highlights some interesting and occasionally surprising statistics. For example, did you know that over 1.3 million of the 8 million cat owners in the UK don’t know that their pet has a flea infestation?1 Encouraging owners to ‘Live with their pet, not with its parasites’ the poster will be available in print on the day and is available for ordering/downloading from www.esccapuk.org.uk/professionals.php?run=downloads in the new year. To register for this completely free of charge event and gain 6 hours of quality CPD, just e-mail: info@esccapuk-cpd.co.uk or visit www.esccapuk-cpd.co.uk

This CPD event kicks off another busy year for the ESCCAP UK team, who in 2012 appeared at all the major veterinary congresses, including the London Vet Show and also participated in ESCCAP EU’s ‘Toxocara 2012’ inBudapest. Attended by parasitologists, immunologists, healthcare professionals and vets, the event allowed this important parasitic disease to be discussed from all perspectives and the sharing of recent advances in treatment and control. ESCCAP EU Chairman, Professor James Duncan, hopes that the conference will “launch this neglected disease into the research, funding and policy frontline” and believes it will be “an important catalyst for further events.” The lectures from the event can now be viewed at www.keyskill.com.

As well as the Everyday Parasites poster, there have been other new resources launched this year, including the second edition of the ESCCAP Control of Vector-Borne Diseases in Dogs and Cats Guidelines. ESCCAP UK wants the advice and information that they offer to be available to anyone at any time, so all ESCCAP UK resources can be downloaded for free or ordered in print from the ESCCAP UK website (www.esccapuk.org.uk). There are also two independent Twitter feeds; @ESCCAP_UK for veterinary professionals and @petparasites for pet owners, allowing all parties to be kept up to date with research developments, seasonal parasite risks and future events.



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 acrossEuropeall 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 aEuropewhere parasites are no longer a health issue for pets or humans.

ESCCAPUKis theUKnational association of ESCCAP and brings together some of theUK’s leading experts in the field of veterinary parasitology. ESCCAPUKworks with pet owners and veterinary/animal care professionals to raise awareness of the threat from parasites and to provideUKrelevant information and advice.

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



1. Information taken from the ESCCAP UK ‘Everyday Parasites’ poster. Flea prevalence and owner awareness information taken from R.Bond et al. Survey of flea infestation in dogs and cats in the United Kingdom during 2005 Vet Rec 2007 Apr 14;160(15):503-6. Pet ownership data taken from PFMA 2011 UK pet population survey www.pfma.org.uk/statistics