The BSTP kindly offered me the opportunity to attend Module 14 “Infectious diseases of laboratory animals” in the free residents place. This enable me to attend one of the most educative scientific events I have ever attended.
The Course started on March 24th with two interesting lectures explaining the importance of health monitoring in laboratory animal facilities and how infectious diseases may affect research studies. The highly experienced Professor Turner continued for the rest of the first day as well as the whole next day speaking about pathology of infectious diseases in laboratory rats and mice. On third day, respective lectures provided an insight on most common diseases of laboratory dogs and (mini)pigs, while on the fourth one, Professor Kaup presented major infectious diseases of primates (a subject uncommon to many amongst us). Finally, Professor Bruce Williams ended module 14 giving insights in pathology subjects of more or less common laboratory animals (like rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils).
In general, module 14 achieved quite good coverage of an extremely broad subject - like infectious diseases of laboratory animals. Both lectures and practical sessions were of high scientific level, while respective hand-outs provided essential guidance to whoever wants to deepen his/her knowledge further. Furthermore, it was a great opportunity to meet and socialise with scientists from different countries and universities/industries.
Finally, living in Greece where training in (toxicological) pathology and related laboratory animal sciences does not (practically) exist, it is important to highlight scientific organisations (like the BSTP) and their role in further education. The BSTP has to continue its excellent modular course programme and provide high level education.
NIkistratos Siskos DVM
Laboratory of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece