It has been another busy year for the APHA Science blog. 130+ blogs later and we now find ourselves celebrating five years of posting blogs that highlight the breadth of our science and showcase the depth of our scientific expertise.
To mark World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020, we hear from Rod Card, APHA senior scientist for the UK FAO Reference Centre for AMR, as he talks about the work APHA and other UK government agencies have been doing to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Tuesday 3 November 2020 is One Health Day. This year we hear from Professor Tony Fooks, Lead Scientist for International Development, as he shares what APHA are doing in the international One Health arena.
As coronavirus case numbers in the UK started to come down in June of this year, policy makers were beginning to talk about resuming international travel. In this blog, we hear from Risk Analyst Catherine McCarthy as she talks about an opportunity APHA had to produce a risk assessment for human international air travel … something very different for us!
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.
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.