Veterinary Practice Website http://www.vpmag.co.ukThe FMD question is still going on - for update see Veterinary Practice report on RC Open Day below.Robert May's remarks are significant, as well as the topic he chose, and the emphasis ion vaccination.
Royal College Day 2003At the Royal College Open Day, the outgoing President, Mr Stephen Ware, addressed the gathering. The following extract from "Veterinary Practice" September, 2003, refers to the Annual Report."Mr Mike Nelson had written regarding clarification of the cases considered by the Preliminary Investigations Committee about FMD expressing his concern about the perceived lack of progress. He was invited to make his point to the meeting. He drew attention to the resignation from both the Council and the College by Mr Roger Windsor over FMD issues and was of the opinion that there were others who held the same views.The President said that there had been thiry-eight complaints, of which some have been re-considered after further submissions from the complainants. In some cases additional new complaints had been submitted following the closrue of the originl complaint. The PI Committee has indicated that it would be unlikely to entertain any further complaints relating to FMD which was now some two years ago. There is only one complaint outstanding at this time. Two Committee decisions have been subject to an application for judicial review which was recently refused and it is not yet known whether this refusal will be a subject of appeal. As soon as all of the FMD related complaints have been concluded a full report will be made to Council.Mr Norman Leslie hd also written on the subject of FMD. He also urged the RCVS to be more proactive when dealing with the Government on the subject of the Veterinary Surgeons Act".Later the newly invested President, Professor Halliwell, introduced the guest speaker, Professor Lord May of Oxford, President of the Royal Society, who presented a lecture entitled:"Networks of contacts and their influence on the transmission of infections among humans and other populations of animals."Vet. Practice reports on the lecture as follows:He (Prof May) said that it was fairly simple to work out the causes of infectious diseases in sick animals, but there were far more complex issues in relation to populations.He talked extensively about the history of epidemiology and discussed principle of vaccination and the origins of diseases...He discussed the complexities of disease transmission in particular relation to HIV, FMD and SARS. He warned against relying upon mathematical models and computer generated information as opposed to using common sense..."