Lecture to focus on separation anxiety

Daniel Mills

Daniel Mills, Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine, has been invited to speak at the University of Vienna’s prestigious annual public lecture series on human animal interactions later this month.

Entitled Highlights in Human-Animal Relationships, the series sees experts in biology, psychology and human sciences present an insight into the current state of knowledge in this area.

Professor Mills’ topic “Separation anxiety is not a diagnosis” will focus on the extremely common problem of dogs becoming distressed in their owner’s absence, and the approach developed at Lincoln to improve diagnosis.

A study is now being undertaken by Professor Mills in conjunction with Raquel Matos, from the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Kosice, Slovakia, to improve our understanding of this. Dog owners are being asked to complete a detailed survey to help researchers analyse the various clinical signs and situations in which problems occur.

To take part in the survey visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/separation-related-problems_dogs

The researchers hope to apply the findings from the survey to aid further development of more specific treatments and prevention programmes.

Professor Mills’ lecture takes place on 28th January from 6.45pm at the University of Vienna.

Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment

With more patients than ever not responding to antibiotic treatment, the World Health Organisation and the EU have made the study of antibiotic resistance in hospitals and amongst the general population one of their highest priorities for research.

Antibiotic resistance originates from their overuse in human and veterinary medicine, with antibiotics entering the sewage systems after use virtually unaltered. Active antibiotics pollute the water environment, although the extent of the pollution, unlike pesticides, is unknown.

Reader in the School of Life Sciences, Dr Ron Dixon, is developing new ways to address these concerns by detecting minute amounts of antibiotics in our natural rivers and lakes. His study focuses on how antibiotic-resistant bacteria appear to survive sewage treatment and their impact on freshwater habitats.

This important research will help us understand how antibiotic resistance develops in the environment and in animal and human populations, and what measures we can take to protect ourselves from antibiotic-resistant pathogens.