The 14th AITVM Conference on ‘The livestock-human-wildlife interface: Challenges in urban livestock production and extensive farming/conservation systems’ will be held in Pretoria, South Africa, from 26 – 29 August 2013. The Conference will be jointly organised by the AITVM member institutions from South Africa and Belgium. Shortly a conference website will be opened
Prof. Koos Coetzer of the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria (South Africa) will head the ‘Conference Organising Committee’ which will also include Dr. Eric Thijs and his team from the ‘Institute of Tropical Medicine’ in Antwerp, Belgium. The venue of the 14th AITVM Conference will be the main campus of the University of Pretoria in Pretoria.
The aim of the AITVM 2013 Conference
A major concern in terms of animal health and production is the fact that, depending on the setting and the environment, the close association of people and domestic or wild animals represents an important risk factor for direct or indirect transmission of disease in man and animals. In turn, disease occurrence has an adverse effect on food safety and food security in general. The aim of the conference is to address the ‘One Health’ issues pertaining to a healthier environment in cities and rural areas.