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- October 16, 2016
Following the success of Niagara 2014, the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID) and the International Feline Retrovirus Research Society (IFRRS) are teaming up again for another joint symposium, this time in Bristol, UK from Sunday 16th to Wednesday 19th October later this year. We have some excellent speakers (including some ABCD members!) on a range of companion animal infectious diseases with topics ranging from herpes virus to toxoplasmosis and UTIs – so many feline infections will be discussed. We also have some interesting key note lectures such as Professor Adrian Hill speaking on novel strategies for vaccine development. This year the symposium will also include a ‘Clinician Stream’ on October 18th aimed at vets in practice with lectures, including bite-sized updates, on topical subjects delivered by internationally recognised specialists in their field.
Latest News (February 24, 2016)
Professor emeritus Marian C. Horzinek supports AFSCAN Rabies Control Project at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS)
As chairwoman of the ABCD it is my pleasure to bring to your attention a press release entitled “Leading Veterinarian to Support AFSCAN Rabies Control Work in Project for the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study”.
Professor Horzinek is past chairman of the ABCD and its webmaster. He is acknowledged as one of the most distinguished veterinarians and currently part of a project as a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS). The project is dedicated to the fight against rabies. Professor Horzinek as veterinarian and famous virologist is the perfect person to contribute to this initiative, as rabies is a zoonosis killing thousands of humans every year. Fighting against this deadly disease in animals underlines the importance of the “One Health Concept”.
Karin Möstl, Chairwoman ABCD
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ABCD has the sad duty to inform that Prof. Dr.Dr.h.c.mult. Marian C. Horzinek, the scientific founder of ABCD and its chairman until 2014, passed away on July 28, 2016.
He was in his 80th year of life and still active webmaster of ABCD. Marian Horzinek was an outstanding personality, a virologist and scientist of highest international reputation, with a special enthusiasm for feline viral infections. His scientific oeuvre was huge and characterised by creative power stimulating dozens of young veterinarians for virology research. Consequently he was honoured with several honorary degrees, with Professor degrees in USA and Europe and several honorary doctorates.
ABCD loses not only his scientific founder, but also an ongoing source of inspiration and knowledge and most of all a friend. The ABCD members are determined to follow the objectives of ABCD as initiated by Marian Horzinek, to provide recommendations for the prevention of feline infectious diseases to the companion animal practitioners’ scene.
For further information, please go to the ”Obituary” written by 4 of Prof. Horzinek’s colleagues.
Karin Möstl, chairwoman
Herman Egberink and Fulvio Marsilio, webmasters
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