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Veterinary Microbiology special interest group

Ala Mohan
Microbiology Australia 44(4) 214
Submitted: NaN NaNĀ  Accepted: NaN NaNĀ  Published: 8 November 2023

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The Veterinary Microbiology special interest group (SIG) recently organised a seminar series focusing on zoonotic pathogens.

Prof. Suresh V. Kuchupudi from the Penn State University gave a lecture on SARS-CoV2 in white-tailed deer in USA.

Prof. S. S. Vasan, Director of Health, WA spoke on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, under the zoonotic diseases umbrella.

Dr Samuel Phillips, research fellow at The Centre for Bioinnovation, University of the Sunshine Coast, and Honorary Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Infection and Immunity) and the Royal Women’s Hospital (Centre for Women’s Infectious Diseases) gave a presentation on the chlamydia vaccine for koalas and discussed their research.

Prof. Ruth Zadoks, Sydney School of Veterinary Science, spoke on strep B and mastitis in dairy cattle.

Nagendra Singanallur, Senior Research Scientist with the CSIRO Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness in Geelong, Australia, gave a lecture on systems approaches in studying host–pathogen interactions.

Our SIG also aims to cover antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the silent pandemic and zoonoses in the coming sessions in December 2023. We are finalising the speakers at the moment. We aim to continue to bring speakers from the field of food safety, and wastewater and AMR in the coming year’s SIG seminars.