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

BMF Interactive infection control
www.veterinarynursetrainingonline.org

ISFM is the International Society of Feline Medicine – the veterinary division of International Cat Care
At ISFM we aim to provide a worldwide resource for veterinarians on feline medicine and surgery. Additionally, we provide information on the wellbeing of the whole cat and resources practitioners can use with owners beyond the consulting room to help build the bond with feline clients.
www.icatcare.org/about-isfm

Worms & Germs Blog is an educational website coordinated by Drs. Scott Weese and Maureen Anderson of the Ontario Veterinary College’s Centre for Public Health and Zoonosis. The Bella Moss Foundation relies on Dr Weese for much educational material and we are grateful to Worms and Germs for their collaboration on educational matters.
www.wormsandgermsblog.com

International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID)
ISCAID is dedicated to improving the care of pets (dogs, cats, birds, horses, exotic pets) with infectious diseases, and controlling the spread of these diseases. The Bella Moss Foundation is proud to work with ISCAID on collaboration with educational projects.
www.iscaid.org

The Bella Moss Foundation adopts the One Health Initiative
One Health (formerly called One Medicine) is dedicated to improving the lives of all species—human and animal—through the integration of human medicine, veterinary medicine and environmental science.
www.onehealthinitiative.com

 

For more on antimicrobial resistance and responsible use of antibiotics

The Bella Moss Foundation is delighted to be a member of FECAVA’s working group on Hygiene and the Use of Antimicrobials in Veterinary Practice
FECAVA is the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations. 
www.fecava.org 

The Bella Moss Foundation is a member of DEFRA’s DARC sub group committee on MRSA in animals which meets twice a year. The role of this committee is outlined here: www.vmd.defra.gov.uk/public/antimicrobial_mrsa.aspx

DEFRA Department of Food and Rural Affairs Zoonosis
www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/farmanimal/diseases/atoz/zoonoses/mrsa.htm

British Veterinary Association Poster on antimicrobials in practice (BVA logo)
www.bva.co.uk/public/documents/BVA_Antimicrobials_Poster.PDF

BSAVA practice guidelines – reducing the risk from MRSA and MRSP
www.bsava.com/Advice/MRSA/tabid/171/Default.aspx

Meticillin-resistant staphylococci in companion animals by Dr Tim Nuttall
www.bsava.com/Advice/MRSA/Meticillinresistantstaphylococciinanimals/tabid/1469/Default.aspx

National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/national-strategy/

UK Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy 2013 to 2018
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/244058/20130902_UK_5_year_AMR_strategy.pdf

Online veterinary websites supporting BMF

Vet Click for news on BMF
www.vetclick.com/news/the-bella-moss-foundation-is-launching-a-new-website-called-bands4bellacom-p1349.php

VetPol
for news on veterinary forums and blogs
www.vetpol.co.uk 

VetPro
www.vetpro.co.uk

VetNurse
www.vetnurse.co.uk

British Veterinary Association
inpractice.bmj.com

British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)
www.bsava.com/Advice/PracticeResources/ClientInformationLeaflets/tabid/1367/Default.aspx

 

BMF Research

We thank our clinical advisors Dr Anette Loeffler and Professor David Lloyd (Royal Veterinary College), Dr Tim Nutall (Liverpool) and Dr Scott Weese (University of Guelph)

You Gov for making this study possible

‘Antimicrobial selective pressure in pet-owning healthcare workers’

Study published in Vet Record : http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/170/8/211.2.full?keytype=ref&ijkey=bNioZuSWsYyMtTT

‘Biosecurity in veterinary practice’ Dr Tim Nuttall  (RCVS News)
http://www.rcvs.org.uk/practice-standards-scheme/information-for-existing-members/the-practice-standard-august-2011/biosecurity-in-veterinary-practice/ 

MRSA has emerged as one of the most significant infectious diseases of the 21st Century affecting humans and animals, with already enormous impact on the health of thousands of individuals, and a rapidly increasing impact and burden on human and animal healthcare. In these early years of research and investigation of MRSA in animals and the spread of MRSA between animals and humans, their is still limited knowledge of this serious and often fatal infection leading to uncertainty amongst pet owners, veterinarians, healthcare professionals and the general public. Jill Moss and the Bella Moss Foundation, through their work and collaborative efforts with researchers, veterinarians, public health officials, educators and the like, provide a much needed source of information and a link for all parties involved as we move forward in raising awareness and knowledge of MRSA in animals."

Dr Andrew Hillier, DPT Veterinary Clinical Sciences Ohio State University, Colombus, Ohio USA.

All about infections

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MRSA in Farm Animals

In 2005, the first report on MRSA in pigs came from The Netherlands. A relation was found between MRSA positive persons and living on a pig farm or working with [&hellip

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How Bacteria are Spread

Humans and animals all carry their own specialised colonies of bacteria. These are generally harmless in the normal course of events and serve to prevent the growth of alien bacteria [&hellip

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Skin Infections & Pyoderma

1. How significant is infected dermatitis to the overall health of a dog? Superficial bacterial skin infections or pyoderma rarely cause significant illness. The clinical signs include itching, pustules, scaling [&hellip

How we have Helped

My dog Larry became infected with MRSA following cruciate ligament surgery (just like Bella did) I searched the website for information on pets and MRSA and found The Bella Moss [&hellip

Charlotte Hudley – Larry

Just before Christmas 2005 I discovered a growth on Flo’s the terrier’s chest. We knew about MRSA because a family member had contracted it while in hospital and we were [&hellip

Jane Maclure – Flo

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