Podcasts

"PASSION FOR PARASITES".

Head of ESCCAP UK & Ireland, Ian Wright, talks to leading parasitologists about their work with parasites and what it means for pets and public health.

 

Episode 1: Dirofilaria immitis (Heartworm)

Professor Laura Kramer DVM, PhD, DipEVPC
Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Parma, Italy

Ian Wright, head of ESCCAP UK & Ireland, speaks to Professor Laura Kramer from the University of Parma, Italy, about Dirofilaria immitis. Areas of discussion include zoonotic potential, diagnostic techniques, relevance to the UK and issues of resistance, as well as shedding light on the parasitic bacteria Wolbachia spp., without which, D. immitis would not be able to survive…

Episode 2: Angiostrongylus vasorum (Lungworm)

Dr Eric Morgan PhD MA VetMB MRCVS
Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Bristol, UK

Ian Wright, head of ESCCAP UK & Ireland, speaks to Dr Eric Morgan from the University of Bristol about Angiostrongylus vasorum. Areas of discussion include its distribution and reasons for spread in the UK and the relevance of foxes…

Episode 3: Echinococcosis

Professor Phil Craig BSc MSc PhD
Professor in the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Salford

Ian Wright, head of ESCCAP UK & Ireland, speaks to Professor Phil Craig from the University of Salford, about echinococcosis - both Echinococcosis granulosis and Echinococcus multilocularis - including the zoonotic potentials, economic consequences and public health controls across the world. Other areas of discussion include endemic areas and transmission, relevance of the Pet Travel Scheme and links with UK hunt dog packs. Finally, no discussion with Professor Phil Craig would be complete without mentioning his special interest in Tibet and also enquiring about the worm named in his honour…

Episode 4: Tick borne diseases (TBDs)

Professor Richard Wall BSc MBA PhD
Professor of zoology, School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol

Ian Wright, head of ESCCAP UK & Ireland, speaks to Professor Richard Wall, from the University of Bristol, about tick borne diseases (TBDs) and the threats they pose to veterinary and public health in the UK. Endemic ticks and TBDs are discussed, along with their distribution in the UK, and the effects that pet travel may be having on the threats posed by TBDs on the continent…