About this event

  • Date and time Fri 6 Nov 2020 from 12:30pm to 2:15pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Comparative Medicine, Pathology

Join us to explore the difference in management of infectious diseases between the veterinary approach and the human approach. This webinar aims to help recognise that many human diseases arise in animals, and cover topics that stimulate thought on how a veterinary approach focuses primarily on a population as a whole rather than on the individual.

This webinar will be ideal for medics and vets to look at control of zoonoses with a "One Medicine" approach. Participants will be able to understand how this approach can ultimately benefit both the individual and the group.

During this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explore the different drivers for surveillance and evolutionary analyses of influenza A viruses in animals and how we assess pandemic risk
  • Understand how the cattle industry has succeeded and failed (both nationally and internationally) with compulsory and regulated disease control programmes such as FMD and TB, compared to voluntary schemes such as BVD and Johnes
  • Appreciate the lessons learned for the management of Coronavirus in the human population
  • A brief description of the virus and the family coronavirus members (mainly animal members)
  • The comparative view of the pathogenesis in respective hosts caused by these viruses and the lessons that can be learnt from them to inform knowledge on COVID-19

A CPD certificate with 2 CPD credits will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

Key speakers

Dr Dick Sibley

Veterinary Surgeon, West Ridge Veterinary Practice

Professor Javier Guitian

Professor of Veterinary Public Health, The Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Speaker's biography

Professor Guitian is an epidemiologist working on animal diseases that are transmissible to humans or compromise food safety. His work integrates data generation through epidemiological studies in livestock and human populations and data analytics.


His current areas of research include brucellosis control in West Africa, prevention of milk-borne disease in India, epidemiology of MERS-CoV in camels and humans in Jordan and Covid-19 control in food markets in Peru and Bolivia.


He is a member of the Royal Veterinary College’s Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health Group, which acts as Reference Centre in Veterinary Epidemiology of the FAO and, jointly with the Animal and Plant Health Agency, as OIE Collaborating Centre in Risk Analysis and Modelling. Professor Guitian also acts as part-time consultant epidemiologist to APHA.

Professor Joe Brownlie

Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Professor Nicola Lewis

Professor of One Health Evolutionary Biology, Royal Veterinary College, University of London


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Dr David Danson, President Elect, Comparative Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

The Coronavirus family – is COVID 19 a typical member?

Professor Joe Brownlie, Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Pathology, Royal Veterinary College

Infectious disease control and management in populations

Dr Dick Sibley, Veterinary Surgeon, West Ridge Veterinary Practice

Characterising influenza: A virus evolution from a One Health standpoint – towards protecting human and animal health

Professor Nicola Lewis, Professor of One Health Evolutionary Biology, Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Zoonotic disease control in low resource settings, the case of brucellosis

Professor Javier Guitian, Professor of Veterinary Public Health, Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Panel discussion
End of webinar



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSMnor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.


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