Zoonotic diseases topic of upcoming AVC Community Workshop

What do avian flu, West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and ring worm have in common? They are some of the zoonotic diseases which can be transmitted from animals to humans.

The Atlantic Veterinary College will hold a community workshop about zoonotic diseases on Thursday, October 25, in Lecture Theatre A, at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. J McClure, Professor of Large Animal Medicine at AVC, will provide an introduction to zoonotic diseases—what they are, how they work, risk factors for transmission, and preventative measures. He will also discuss some potentially emerging zoonotic diseases in Maritime Canada.

Dr. Thomas Marrie, Dean of Medicine, Dalhousie University, will focus on Q fever, an infection that can be transmitted from animals to humans by infected cattle, sheep, goats, and other animals.

The workshop is part of AVC’s award-winning Community Workshop Series and is sponsored by AVC Friends&Family, the College’s community-based volunteer advocacy group. Admission is free.

For information about this and upcoming community workshops, call (902) 566-0589.