During the 2018 Companion Vector-Borne Disease (CVBD) World Forum Symposium, 40 experts from around the world came together in Windsor, UK, to discuss the latest findings on vector-borne diseases. As a result of this meeting, the experts agreed that more education and communication around CVBD was needed. One tool for achieving this goal is a 365-day tear away calendar.
The CVBD World Forum is a working group of leading experts in natural sciences, veterinary and human medicine. Its goal is to exchange knowledge and findings about vector-borne disease to increase awareness regarding specific regional risks and to foster effective preventative measures.
These goals are more important than ever as vector-borne diseases become more widespread and prevalent through a changing climate and increasing movement of people and pets around the world. Travelling pets are carrying the parasites with them, while climatic change is contributing to the spread of the vector, be it ticks, fleas or sandflies.
Veterinarians and public health professionals throughout the world know the dangers of vector-borne diseases. It is vital for them to be armed with the latest data advice to recommend appropriate prevention to pet owners and support the health and well-being of their pets.
But what is the best way to disseminate this information?
CVBD members have collaborated to provide a pearl of wisdom with each calendar day. This may be a memorable snippet of information about a vector-borne disease to inform and share with clients, an entertaining historical fact or a link to further information and websites. In providing short and engaging information in an easily accessible way, we hope this calendar will be an entertaining, educational and meaningful tool for veterinarians.
You can find a digital version of the CVBD calendar on www.cvbd.org