AgraME, one of the largest exhibitions in the Middle East highlighting products and services from different agricultural sectors, is taking place on 6-8 March at the Dubai World Trade Centre and will be hosting a three-day, free-to-attend Animal Health Conference which offers CPD accreditation to attending veterinarians. The CPD Certification Service operates across various industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies.
Government representation for the conference comes from the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) and Dubai Municipality’s (DM) Veterinary Services Section. Taking place on day two of the conference, Dr. Faisal Salem Hamdan Barakeh, Animal Production Specialist for ADFCA is to present a lecture on improving the productivity of livestock in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and is expected to look in-depth at the challenges facing livestock development in the Emirate and what investment opportunities exist in the livestock sector and how to capitalise on them.
With Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) being a major issue in human and animal health, the presentation by Dubai Municipality Veterinary Services Section on Day two by Dr Louai Abdelrahman Ahmed, Principal Veterinary Specialist, Dubai Municipality will focus on the DM’s measures in place for combating the development of AMR in the animal sector in line with OIE and FAO protocols.
Speaking ahead of the conference, Eng. Hashim Mohammed Al Awadhi, Head of Veterinary Services Section, Dubai Municipality commented: “Out Veterinary Services Section is always committed to the encouragement of continuous veterinary education and creating a learning atmosphere for our local industry, as well as for Veterinary professionals. We look forward to being part of the efforts in making Dubai further as a hub for learning for veterinary professionals.”
Day one of the conference focuses on large animal health looking at equines and camels. One of the key sessions of the day comes from Dr. Nishar Ahmad Wani, Scientific Director, Reproductive Biotechnology Centre who will be looking at the latest developments in assisted reproduction in camels.
“With such strides being made in the country around camel reproduction, it made sense to put a heavy focus on this for day one of our conference. The world’s first successful artificially inseminated birth took place only a few weeks ago, with two more due to happen soon, so we feel the conference is happening at the perfect time to support it.” commented Samantha Bleasby, Exhibition Director, AgraME.
Day three of the conference looks at herd treatment and management protocols, the role of natural supplements in animal health, gene editing techniques in animals and research in microbiology. Key speakers include Dr. S. Mathan Kumar, Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Directorate General of Veterinary Services, Royal Court Affairs, Oman; Dr. Soja Saghar Soman, Research Scientist, New York University Abu Dhabi; Dr. Ahmed I. Yagi, Associate Professor, Al Khawarizmi International College and Dr. Shuaib Khan, Research Scientist, Himalaya Global Research Centre.
“We are proud to be able to offer the region’s first CPA accredited Animal Health conference free of charge. With the expert knowledge of ADFCA and Dubai Municipality I believe we are in a good position to highlight some of the key themes surrounding the industry while giving veterinary professionals from across the Middle East access to high-level content and training opportunities.
Over the last 8 years VETME has brought together the veterinary industry in the Middle East. Now under the umbrella of AgraME, the animal health section will provide more suppliers and learning opportunities than ever before,” added Bleasby.
With a more targeted focus on the Crop Farming, Animal Farming, Aquaculture and Animal Health sectors, AgraME 2018 will attract suppliers and buyers, both locally and internationally, looking to source the latest products and innovative solutions, as well as offer a content platform to discuss ways to tackle the ongoing struggle in regional food security.