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BBSRC publishes veterinary vaccinology vision to improve animal health and welfare

BBSRC has published its vision for veterinary vaccinology. The report details BBSRC’s future investment priorities for veterinary vaccinology research in the UK.

Vaccines represent a highly cost effective intervention for disease prevention and eradication, and are an important tool in the fight against both infectious and zoonotic diseases. Vaccination enhances animal welfare both safeguarding public health and sustainably improving livestock production to meet global food security challenges.

The strategy sets out how to deliver key drivers, opportunities and challenges for delivering impact from existing and future BBSRC investments in world class vaccinology research. The main focus for the strategy is on animals (including fish) farmed for food production in the UK, but the strategy is also relevant to other domesticated animals of importance to the UK economy.

Professor Melanie Welham, BBSRC Executive Director of Science said: “BBSRC’s veterinary vaccinology strategy will build on the UK’s reputation as a centre of excellence for vaccine research and development. A clear vision to deliver impact will help safeguard both animal and human health, whilst increasing the sustainable production and welfare of livestock, providing real benefits for the UK.”

The strategy was informed by a global veterinary vaccinology survey commissioned by BBSRC. The findings of the survey are detailed and addressed in this report – documenting the opportunities and risks the research base.

The strategy is available to download from www.bbsrc.ac.uk/about/policies/reviews/scientific-areas/1506-veterinary-vaccinology-strategy/.

 

Story source: BBSRC news release, 25 Jun 2015

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