MSD Animal Health Announces New Webinar

Merck & Co, Inc division will virtually host a webinar dedicated to educating attendees on the One Health approach to vector-borne diseases

MSD Animal Health, a division of Merck & Co, Inc, will host a live virtual event featuring experts in public health, veterinary medicine and parasitology. Experts will share their insights on managing the threat of vector-borne diseases.

This virtual event will include:

  • Overview of the One Health Approach with Jane Sykes, PhD, BVSc, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, Chief Patient Officer and Executive Vice President, Population Health and Sustainability, MSD Animal Health; moderated by Alasdair King, International Veterinary Health, MSD Animal Health (10:00-10:45 am ET)
  • Panel Discussion on VBDs as a Model for the One Health Approach, with Peter Irwin, BVetMed, PhD (James Cook), FANZCVS, MRCVS, College of Veterinary Medicine, Murdoch University; Susan Little, DVM, PhD, DACVM (Parasit.), Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University; Guadalupe Miró, DMV, PhD, Dipl. EVPC, Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Paul Overgaauw, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVM, Veterinary Public Health, University of Utrecht; and Richard Wall, BSc, MBA, PhD, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol (10:45-11:45 a.m. ET)
  • New data and insights into pet owner compliance with current parasite treatment recommendations and protecting pets living in our homes from BDVs, by Dr. Robert Lavan, MPVM, DVM, Director, Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence, MSD Animal Health (11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ET)

Registrants will also have access to additional free webinars from “leading experts on some of the most prevalent vector-borne diseases found today,” according to the release.1

This event is endorsed by the American State Veterinary Association’s Approved Continuing Education (RACE) Registry for 2.5 hours and hosted through the Webinar Vets platform.

“Many external factors impacting society have contributed to the spread of vector-borne diseases, which makes the One Health approach more important than ever,” said Fernando Riaza Carcamo, vice president, global marketing, MSD Animal Health. “Our company is committed to improving the health of people and animals who share our complex and ever-changing environment through the discovery and development of preventative solutions for existing and emerging diseases.”

According to the World Health Organization, vector-borne diseases account for approximately 17% of the global burden of all infectious diseases.2 Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that 60% of known infectious diseases in humans can be spread from animals, through direct or indirect contact, vectors, food and water.3 Research has shown that 75% of new or emerging infectious diseases in humans come from animals.4

The event will take place on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. and those interested in attending can register here.

The references

  1. MSD Animal Health hosts: A One Health approach for vector-borne diseases. Press release. MSD Animal Health. January 21, 2022. Accessed February 23, 2022. transmitted-diseases/
  2. Vector-borne diseases. WHO. March 2, 2020. Accessed February 23, 2022. ,infection%20transmitted%20by%20anopheles%20mosquitoes.
  3. Zoonotic diseases. CDC. Accessed February 23, 2022.
  4. Gebreyes WA, Dupouy-Camet J, Newport MJ, et al. The Global One Health Paradigm: Challenges and Opportunities for Addressing Infectious Diseases at the Human-Animal-Environment Interface in Low-Resource Settings. PLoS Negl Too Dis. 2014;8(11):e3257. Published November 13, 2014. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003257

Boyd S. Abbott