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Bella Moss Foundation announces International Conference

Bella Moss Foundation gives Blue Cross presentation
Anette Loeffler and Jill Moss

THE BELLA Moss Foundation, in partnership with the University of Liverpool, will host the First International Conference on MRSA in Animals in June.

The event will take place at the University’s Leahurst campus on June 19th, 20th and 21st and will be addressed by some of the veterinary profession’s leading researchers and clinicians.

The conference is aimed at bringing the latest clinical and research approaches to the understanding and treatment of MRSA in animals, and is the first international conference to tackle the problems caused by MRSA infections in animals.

‘We are very pleased that the University of Liverpool asked us to be partners in this project,’ said Jill Moss, President and Founder of The Bella Moss Foundation. ‘It’s exactly the kind of project that The Foundation wants to promote and support, and it is also an unrivalled opportunity to bring together some of the profession’s leading figures.’

The conference is aimed at practicing vets who want to hear of the latest developments in the fight against MRSA, and delegates will have an opportunity to learn the impact of MRSA on animals both small and large. The will also be able to attend sessions on epidemiology and treatment, as well as the current situation in human hospitals.

‘This event brings together researchers and practitioners, and also gives us an opportunity to learn from the experiences in human health care,’ said Moss.

‘We have been particularly pleased at the response from those we have asked to speak at the conference, and feel that the issue is now getting the level of attention that it deserves.’

Moss added that the experience of seeing her own pet dog Bella, die from the effects of MRSA had been a major motivator in making the conference a reality. ‘If Bella hadn’t suffered so, I would never have known that MRSA could infect animals and would have never started the Foundation,’ said Moss. ‘In promoting events like this we are building a lasting tribute to her memory.’

Details of the 1st International Conference on MRSA in Animals can be found at website: including a full list of speakers.

See also the Bella Moss Foundation website: and

STAFF AT the Blue Cross veterinary hospital in London saw the first visiting presentation on MRSA and infection control from The Foundation in March.

The presentation was attended by 25 vets and nurses and was introduced by Jill Moss, President and Founder of Bella Moss Foundation and Anette Loeffler, MRCVS.

The talk prompted a great many questions on various aspects of MRSA, as well as other bacteria and issues related to treatment and prevention of infection that Anette was pleased to answer, and which showed the growing awareness to MRSA and other resistant bacteria now developing in veterinary practitioners.

The evening event was arranged through Dick Voight and Lorna Macdougall of the Blue Cross, and was a great success. The audience was able to discuss specific clinical issues with Anette and hear about the approach to MRSA being taken by the RVC, both of which they found extremely helpful.

Before the presentation Jill and Anette were given a tour of the hospital to see first hand the isolation area and operating theatres and meet the staff. "We are very pleased to have started our programme of visiting veterinary hospitals with the Blue Cross," said Jill Moss, "because they have incredibly high standards and don’t allow the fact that they rely entirely on donations to compromise their standards of work. We were very impressed with the facilities of the hospital and the expertise of the staff and look forward to visiting other Blue Cross hospitals and clinics around the country."

Lorna was also very pleased with the visit. "Anette’s presentation was extremely informative and relevant to our work and it’s just a pity that we couldn’t bring in staff from our other locations. We hope The Foundation will continue these very important talks"