APHA, in collaboration with the University of Southampton, have been developing and trialling an alternative testing approach to detect COVID-19 infections in people, using saliva rather than swabs. Learn about the process and benefits to using this approach for testing in this interesting five minute read.
September 28th marks the 14th World Rabies Day. This year, we hear from Dr Lorraine McElhinney and Professor Tony Fooks as they talk about this year’s theme ‘End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate’. Find out how APHA is contributing to the UK Government’s commitment to eliminate dog associated human rabies by 2030.
No matter what the weather has in store for them, Plant Health and Seed Inspectors Laura Chapman and Natalie Vallone have an important job to do. Learn about their roles in our second and final blog to mark Plant Health Week 2020.
Lucy Carson-Taylor and Steph Godliman explain how the first National Plant Health Week this week will put a national focus on the importance of protecting the health and biosecurity of our plants.
In June this year, APHA scientists confirmed the UK’s first COVID-19 positive test result in a domestic cat. Learn more about this case and the wider work of APHA in preparing for COVID-19 cases in animals in the UK.
Asian hornets are a non-native invasive predator, posing a serious threat to our native pollinators. To mark Asian Hornet week (7th-13th September), we have written this blog about the work APHA do in controlling this threat and what you should do if you spot one.
In the first of a series of blogs, read about our Cattle Vaccine Project: APHA’s invaluable addition to the toolbox to eradicate bovine TB in the UK.
The last few decades have seen a rise in the detection of difficult to treat infections in humans, as some pathogens are resistant to multiple antibiotics. This includes serious disease caused by E. coli. Read on to learn about progress being made in tackling the threat of antibiotic resistance from Dr Sarah Evans, Lead Scientist for Bacterial Diseases and Food Safety.
The coronavirus pandemic has only highlighted the importance of having scientific experts who can quickly provide advice and evidence for new strains of animal viruses that can transfer into humans and cause severe disease due to the lack of protective immunity against the pathogen. In this blog, marking World Zoonoses Day, we hear from Dr Sharon Brookes, Lead Scientist for the Animal and Zoonotic Viral Diseases Portfolio (AZVDP) as she describes the important range of work her portfolio undertakes.
Put your veterinary skills and pathology experience to work in an interesting and influential role. You will be underpinning the crucial work of a dedicated agency that is tackling disease and ensuring the health of animals throughout the UK.
In this blog Lucia Biffar, Scientific Project Manager for the Animal and Plant Health Agency, talks about her experiences volunteering with a group of APHA scientists to work at the one of the national Coronavirus testing centres.