The Bella Moss Foundation provides vital information about the link between veterinary surgeons, owners and their pets regarding MRSA and other resistant infections. The PDSA is also happy to continue working with Bella Moss Foundation on this important issue and developing the excellent work that has so far been achieved.
Elaine Pendlebury, BA BSc BVetMed DMS MRCVS
Senior Veterinary Surgeon (Science and Welfare) PDSA
With the continuing role of maintaining the highest level of infection control in veterinary practices across the UK, qualified veterinary nurses, and other lay members of the nursing team (animal care assistants, etc) rely on the most up to date information on procedures and protocols on how best to reduce the risk posed by MRSA and other drug-resistant bacteria. The Bella Moss Foundation provides an informative website on this issue, and aims its work at both the general public and veterinary professionals. The BVNA continues to support to the excellent work carried out by The Bella Moss Foundation, and ensures that its nursing members continue to have access to a useful source of information whenever it is needed.
Claire Fraser RVN MBVNA, President of The British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) 2011-2012
Education is always going to be key in reducing the risk from MRSA and MRSP in veterinary practice. BSAVA has created practice guidelines and made them available to The Bella Moss Foundation so that together we can share this best practice with all members of the clinical team as well as to pet owners. The Bella Moss Foundation has worked tirelessly alongside the veterinary profession on the issues around infection control and this has contributed greatly to an increasing level of awareness. The British Small Animal Veterinary Association hopes that this excellent relationship with the profession continues to generate even greater knowledge and understanding.
Mark Johnston BVetMed MRCVS, BSAVA President 2012-2013
Mr Mike Jessop, MRCVS
(Former) President British Small animal veterinary association (BSAVA)
The tireless work that Jill has done in raising awareness of MRSA is to be praised. Not only is she committed to ensuring that veterinary surgeons are knowledgeable about the problem of MRSA but that pet owners also understand what they can do to prevent the devastating disease. The range of resources provided by the Bella Moss foundation is particularly useful – the simple yet practical ones of hand-washing posters through to veterinary-based website videos.
Dr Tim Nuttall BSc BVSc CertVD PhD CBiol MSB MRCVS,
Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Dermatology, RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology, The University of Liverpool,
MRSA, MRSP and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria are posing an increasing risk to animals and humans. The Bella Moss Foundation is at the forefront of efforts to combat these organisms. The work of The Foundation to bring vets, scientists and the public is invaluable. Their work in collating and disseminating practice information and advice is unique, and of worldwide importance.
Professor David Lloyd Bvetmed. PhD, FRCVS, DipECVD, ILTM
Professor of Veterinary Dermatology Royal Veterinary College
MRSA has been known to infect animals of all species since early in the new century, but is only one of the resistant bacteria to emerge in veterinary care. Of increasing importance now is the emergence of Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus Pseudintermedius (MRSP), a form of Staphylococcus predominately found in dogs. Whilst MRSA is seen to be falling in the companion dog population there are indications that MRSP incidence is increasing and has the potential to be as great a problem in veterinary care as MRSA is in human health. In addition, the emergence of MRSP as a significant animal health issue has implications for human health because of the relative ease with which it can be transmitted.
At present The Foundation is the only charitable organisation seeking to link human and veterinary research on the appropriate use of antibiotics and the emergence of resistant infections which is why our work is crucial on a global level. Over the last five years we have fascilitated international scientific conferences on MRSA in animals and this research has been fundamental in helping everyone to learn more about how tpo protect the lives of livestock and companion animals.
Animal welfare organisations are very conscious of the risk to dog’s health from MRSA and other multi-resistant bacteria and, potentially, to the humans with which they live. They are very supportive of the efforts made by the Bella Moss Foundation to publicise those dangers and educate the public and veterinary profession about how those risks can best be controlled. Education is the key issue and material produced by the foundation is really good training value for all who work in veterinary practices including veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and other animal care assistants. The scientific seminars in which the foundation has been instrumental have also been excellent for spreading current information on the management and risks of resistant bacteria.
Dr Paul R. Manning, MA, VetMB, MSc(VetGP), DProf, MRCVS. Astonlee Veterinary Hospital, Newport Pagnell, Bucks. UK. www.astonlee.co.uk/content.php?Content=Cruciate+Ligament+Surgery+In+Dogs+Or++Dog+Knee+Surgery
I have been impressed by the commitment and achievements of Jill Moss in raising awareness of the importance of MRSA, risk assessment and prevention in particular to practicing veterinary surgeons. I have been very fortunate in avoiding MRSA in my hospital through hygiene measures. I feel the work is an ongoing and needed programme, particularly when I hear of reports of MRSA in dogs who have had surgery for cruciate ligament ruptures. This was the circumstances which lead to the establishment of the Bella Moss Foundation following the death of Bella after cruciate surgery.
The elimination of all postoperative infections, including MRSA, should be the goal of all veterinary practitioners. The sharing of knowledge and experience that has been facilitated by the BMF is a very valuable resource for the good of animal welfare.’
Anette Loeffler, DrMedVet, DVD, DipECVD, MRCVS, Lecturer in Veterinary Dermatology, Royal Veterinary College, University of London.
MRSA infections in pets continue to cause concern to veterinary surgeons and owners. The work of the Bella Moss foundation has focused on providing clear and helpful information for pet owners which has made it easier for many pet owners to understand the requirements and implications of treating MRSA infected animals. The Bella Moss Foundation has also helped to promote awareness and research on MRSA in veterinary medicine.
Dr J Scott Weese DVM DVSc DipACVIM
Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Canada
The global pandemic of antibiotic resistance must be met by a broad, integrated response. The Bella Moss Foundation is playing an important role in combatting the impact of antimicrobial resistant infections in pets through coordinated efforts amongst veterinarians, pet owners, researchers and various organizations. The role of the Foundation in development, delivery and coordination of educational programs is critical.
Dr Andrew Hillier, DPT Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Ohio State University, Colombus, Ohio USA.
MRSA is typically associated with humans, but it has spread to all species since 2000. MRSA is only one bacteria to emerge in veterinary practice; the other serious infections are just as prevalent.
Of increasing importance now is MRSP (Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus Pseudintermediius, a form of Staphylococcus predominately found in dogs. There are indications that MRSP incidents are increasing and have the potential to be as a great a problem in veterinary care as MRSA is in Human health. The emergence of MRSP has implications for human health because of the relative ease with which it can be transmitted.
Dr Richard Oehler MD.
University of South Florida College of Medicine
I am very pleased to be serving as an advisor to the Bella Moss Foundation. BMF has for several years been a unique international resource for pet owners worldwide who desperately need information and support regarding MRSA and its effect on their pets and family. The Bella Moss Foundation has now taken on a new goal to broaden their resources in America. I look forward to helping them to raise awareness in the U.S and Canada and will strive to improve the collaboration between the veterinary and human medicine professions in North America.
The late Nicholas J. Mills, M.A., Vet. M.B., M.R.C.V.S.
Senior Partner, Cinque Ports Veterinary Associates, E Sussex
It takes many years to build up the reputation of one’s veterinary practice. MRSA can damage this reputation overnight. The practicing veterinary profession has been given a warning from the human hospital environment that MRSA can become a very serious clinical problem. In my opinion, practicing vets should heed this warning and institute the highest standards of hygiene and management to protect patients, clients and staff from MRSA.
The late Tracy Mayne RVN, CVPM, MBVNA, Cert SA Nutrition.
Trustee for the RCVS Trust. Partner at Redditch Vets4Pets
The Bella Moss Foundation has become the “font of all knowledge” for all things MRSA related. It provides a wide variety of support and education, to not only the general public but also to the veterinary profession. The Foundation strives to improve awareness to one and all on infection control, and it continues to build its pool of resources for the general public and professionals to utilise. If it was not for the tragic loss of the founders beloved Samoyed, Bella and her wish to not let others experience such a loss, then MRSA would no doubt be still a little know bacterial infection.
Jill Moss has done an amazing job in raising awareness of MRSA, but equally as important she has spent her time building support and resources to help educate others about it. Jill’s drive and passion about this subject is outstanding and with the Foundation achieving Charitable status I know her great work will go on and on.
Cases of MRSA are said to be on the increase, and it is a comfort to know there is The Bella Moss Foundation to turn to for support and advice. Long may this excellent work continue.