Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

CSU hosts Davis-Thompson Foundation seminar

Charles Sturt University (CSU) has hosted leading international veterinary pathologist, Professor Francisco Uzal from University of California (UC) Davis.

Professor Francisco Uzal and Dr Loukopoulos.Professor Uzal delivered a seminar in December 2017 titled ‘Equine gastrointestinal pathology’, under the auspices of the Davis-Thompson Foundation, the biggest provider of education on veterinary pathology worldwide.

Graham Centre member, Dr Panayiotis (Panos) Loukopoulos, from CSU’s School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences hosted the visit.

“This was one of only a few Davis-Thompson Foundation seminars held in Australia and the first at Charles Sturt University,” Dr Loukopoulos said. “I worked with Professor Uzal for two years while I was based at UC Davis and he is a mentor.”

“The seminar also included a special focus on clostridial diseases and the equine medicine specialists, pathologists and veterinary and equine science students appreciated the opportunity to hear from such a renowned speaker.

“Professor Uzal is the author of the book Clostridial Diseases of Animals (Wiley 2016), the first book to focus on clostridial diseases in domestic and wild animals, offering a comprehensive reference on these common diseases.”

Clostridial diseases are caused by anaerobic bacteria that are widespread in the environment, particularly in soil, and are often fatal, they include tetanus, enterotoxaemia also known as ‘pulpy kidney disease’ and blackleg.


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