From the Frontline: Animals, SARS-CoV-2, and humans

Join the webinar: Thursday, April 23, 2020—6pm CEST (GMT +2)

21 April 2020


AO Community Development presents:

From the frontline: Animals, SARS-CoV-2, and humans—A delicate interplay with indelicate consequences

This cross-divisional webinar investigates how SARS-CoV-2 has exploited and challenged the many ways in which humans and animals interact—with ramifications that continue to unfold.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020

Time: 6pm CEST (GMT +2), check your local time


Carl Kirker-Head MA, Vet MB, MRCVS, DACVS, DECVS. AO VET International Board Chair. Professor of Surgery, Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA.


Ryan Leong BVSc. MANZCVS (Small Animal Surgery), Surgical Resident, UQ VETS Small Animal Hospital (University of Queensland), Canberra, Australia.


Professor Nicola Decaro, DVM, PhD, Professor of Infectious Diseases of Animals, Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bari, Italy. Nicola’s expertise is in animal health and zoonoses. He will tell us how SARS-like viruses evolve, and then cross species, infecting animals and sometimes humans. We’ll learn how their pathogenicity reflects how the viruses adapt to their host and/or their host to them. Nicola will also offer perspectives on the development of vaccines and therapeutic modalities, and the important role of animals in this process.

Dr. Nick Trout, MA, Vet MB, MRCVS, Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons, Angell Memorial Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Nick is an orthopedic veterinary surgeon and well-known author of fiction and non-fiction books with a global readership. He is also a frequent commentator for international news media. Nick will provide insight into the most rewarding and most conflicting aspects of owning pets and caring for them in a COVID-19 world.

Dr. Mona Hoerdemann, DMV, MVetClinStud, MVSurg, MANZCVS (Equine Surgery), Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons –Large Animal, Dubai Equine Hospital, United Arab Emirates. Mona, who specializes in equine orthopedic surgery, will tell us how COVID-19 has impacted the people of Dubai and their animals, as well as her practice. Mona will also update us on the harsh consequences of COVID-19 on the global equine competitive sports industries.

Dr. Fernanda Paes, MA, MV. Small Animal Orthopedics. University of São Paulo, Brazil. Fernanda will relate her own experience and those of colleagues in caring for the veterinary and other needs of animals during the pandemic in the economically diverse and culturally rich twelfth largest city in the world (São Paulo population = 12M).

During this one-hour session, moderator Carl Kirker-Head and his guests will share their insights, and welcome questions and contributions from the audience at the end of the webinar. Join the live discussion!

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