UK Registered Charity 1122246 This website would not be possible without the kind help of Tony Martin of the “AV Martin Charitable Foundation”

The Bella Moss Foundation is a charity which promotes prudent antimicrobial use and hygiene in human and veterinary medicine.

We support pet owners whose pets contract resistant infections, but of equal importance we are committed to promoting courses, documentation and other resources for veterinary  and medical professional

“Since my story was covered in the national press in 2004, The Bella Moss Foundation has helped to save thousands of animals lives with the early detection of MRSA and other serious infections affecting companion animals. We are now an important point of reference and support for veterinarians and pet owners around the world.

I am sad Bella suffered so much, but proud that in her memory so much good work is being done.”

Jill Moss President & Founder BMF

The Bella Moss Foundation is a charity providing resources aimed principly at pet owners, but also assisting veterinary practices worldwide (Read about our tour in the USA) who want information on infection control and antimicrobial resistance. Visit our infection control website – veterinarynursetrainingonline.org. By providing information on hygiene in the home and in veterinary practice The Bella Moss Foundation is a vital intermediary between pet owners and veterinarians.

The Foundation was initially established in the face of increasing meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in pets,  but we have now broadened our remit to address other resistant bacteria  transmitted between humans and animals.

Photos clockwise from top left;

(from left) Mark  Dosher, Jill Moss, Richard Oehler at the University of South Florida, Infectious Diseases Department.

Mark Dosher, Dr Macina and Jill Moss at the University of South Florida, Infectious Diseases Department.

Jill Moss with Harley Locke (past president British Veterinary Association) and Professor David Lloyd (Royal Veterinary College, BMF advisor)

Jill Moss, Dr Giles Edwards (MRSA Scottish Ref Lab) and Dr Tim Nuttall (University of Liverpool)

We could not have had such an impact if it had not been for our involvement in the committees who we work with :

DEFRA’s MRSA DARC sub group on MRSA in animals
www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/diseases/atoz/zoonoses/mrsa.htm

FECAVA ‘s working committee on veterinary hygiene and responsible use of antibiotics
www.fecava.org

 

The Bella Moss Foundation also regularly presents its work to veterinary and medical schools and other animal welfare charities, as well as breed clubs and animal shows throughout the UK.

“Following Bella’s death my vision was to start a charity that provided free educational resources on resistant bacterial infections for pet owners, farmers, the general public and veterinary and medical professionals worldwide, and I am proud to be the President of The Bella Moss Foundation. There is more work to be done for the future, but here you can read how we have had an impact on both society and the veterinary profession.

Jill Moss President & Founder, The Bella Moss Foundation

 

 

 

Did you know...

A small proportion of the general pet population carry MRSA or similar MDR bacteria, but the carriage rate in sick animals that have visited veterinary practices is higher.

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