Monday, December 7, 2015

Citizen science survey on dog bites and free webinar on canine influenza virus

No, Phil does not have influenza, but his lymphocytic-plasmacytic rhinitis has conferred the talent of being able to blow the odd bubble out of his nose. Which he likes to rub off on the skirting boards.

Have you ever been bitten by a dog? What counts as a dog bite anyway? And what was the impact of that encounter?

Dr Carri Westgarth and Mr James Oxley are recruiting citizen scientists for an online study through the University of Liverpool. You don’t need to live in the UK, and yes, even vets can participate.

To be part of this research (which involves an online survey that can be completed within ten minutes, e.g. over a cup of tea), click here. Thank you to the ever wonderful Mia Cobb for the link.

If you’re an earlybird, or you live in Perth, you might want to catch VetGirl’s free webinar on canine influenza next week. Canine influenza virus (CIV) emerged in an outbreak in Chicago earlier this year, and has since spread to over 24 US states. A CIV vaccine for H3N2 has been released, but how protective is it? What else can be done to contain CIV and prevent further spread?

To register for the webinar, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, click here.