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Canine Health Bytes Webinar On Demand – Vector-Borne Disease

The AKC Canine Health Foundation and VetVine have teamed up to offer a series of webinars featuring leaders in the field of veterinary health research that offer practical advice on common health concerns as well as information on cutting-edge research to benefit all dogs. The latest webinar in this series features vector-borne disease (VBD) diagnosis and is now available to view on demand.. Click here to view the following  on demand.

Speaker: Pedro P. Diniz, DVM, PhD

Topic: Vector-Borne Disease Diagnostics: From “Ruff” to “Purrfect”
Worldwide, diseases that are transmitted by ticks and fleas to companion animals continue to expand in frequency and geographic distribution. While a positive test result for a vector-borne disease greatly helps the clinician in providing appropriate care, a negative test result always introduces extra challenges. Nowadays, serology and PCR are well-established methods used to diagnose vector-borne diseases (VBDs), but certain limitations of these assays impact the detection of pathogens and our ability to make a correct diagnosis.

The massively parallel sequencing technology known as next-generation sequencing (NGS) has revolutionized biological sciences. It has become a key tool in detecting and characterizing infectious diseases in humans, such as the SARS-Cov2 virus. NGS is soon to become an important tool in veterinary medicine as well.

The focus of this presentation is vector-borne disease (VBD) diagnosis and the discussion will include:

  • What is working well and what needs to be improved in VBD diagnostics
  • The “sample-volume paradox” of PCR assays and current efforts to address it
  • How next-generation sequencing works, its advantages and limitations for VBD detection
  • Best practices when interpreting serology and PCR results for VBDs

Short URL: https://caninechronicle.com/?p=200806

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