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29 November 2021

7:45 pm

Reframing our approach to species conservation and wildlife management to ensure a future rich in resilient, biodiverse ecosystems.

Climate change is the biggest existential threat of our time.  Drawing on the principles of resilience more commonly being adopted in modern emergency management thinking, this session will consider the impacts of climate change on wildlife health and wellbeing, from a holistic, systemic perspective, and explain why, if we are to realise a future rich in wildlife, we need to make decisions now about what the future, in our lifetime, and beyond, looks like, for wildlife, and for the environments upon which they depend. 

8:40 pm

The focus on this talk will highlight the benefits of applying a sustainability focus to your veterinary practice. Improving sustainability can be broken into 2 main areas - Improving practice building design and developing a culture of sustainability with the practice team. The presentation will look at practical examples of the benefits of sustainability and how these can be achieved with the Vets for Climate Action Climate Smart Program which is currently being developed.
29 November 2021
Behaviour - Room 2

7:05 pm

The 2021 Centenary Conference’s behaviour stream will focus on aggressive behaviour. To open the conference, Dr Sally Nixon will focus on why animals exhibit aggressive behaviour. In many cases, aggression can be a normal and appropriate behaviour. Veterinarians need to understand why aggression is used by animals to be able to diagnose whether the aggressive response is normal and adaptive. 
In this presentation, we will dive into the different motivations for aggressive behaviour. By understanding the motivation behind a behaviour, veterinarians will be better able to provide advice regarding management. Good management advice for aggression cases can improve human and animal safety, and improve animal welfare for the aggressive animal and those living with it. Also, when you help clients to understand their aggressive animal, your work can start reparations to a damaged human-animal bond.
7:05 pm - 9:10 pm - 29 November 2021

Public health & AVA - Monday 29 Nov

Public Health - Room 3

7:35 pm

The WHO Director-General presented a call to action for One Health in his opening remarks at the 27th Tripartite Annual Executive Committee Meeting in February 2021. He stated that “One Health must become more than a concept. It must be translated into systems at the local level that keep people safer.” In order to translate a concept into reality we need a methodological framework within which to work. We believe that Systems Thinking is one framework that provides a set of principles and tools to enable (w)holistic exploration of zoonotic disease. We will show how Systems Thinking enables a One Health “approach” using a systems dynamics model of brucellosis transmission in Jordan. The structure of the model identified the importance of livestock production and trading, and trust in veterinary services as critical subsystems driving brucellosis transmission in sheep, which are the reservoir for spill over to humans. Simulating potential single sector and multiple sector (One Health) interventions showed that single sector interventions have limited impact on disease incidence, or are unlikely to be acceptable to livestock producers. For example, the current government policy based on vaccination of sheep and behavioural interventions to reduce human exposure have limited impact on animal or human incidence. Indeed, the only single sector intervention that will significantly reduce transmission is the traditional animal disease eradication approach of test and slaughter that is expensive and unpopular. However, the most effective postulated intervention is a multisectoral strategy that is able to create synergistic effects to reduce the incidence of brucellosis. Whilst promising, the model outputs require validation in the real world. The strength of our approach is that “what if” scenarios can be rapidly simulated to explore different policy settings and allow policy makers to “see” how One Health works in practice, or at least in silico