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Ian Wright

Ian Wright BVMS BSc

2018 VetCPD Congress Lectures

Flea resistance: a real cause of loss of flea control?

Fleas are a source of revulsion, distress and irritation for many pet owners but can also cause significant health related issues for people and pets alike. Increased numbers of fleas therefore lead to increased disease risk and a desire on the part of pet owners to control flea infestations. Flea control can be complex and failure of treatment and control strategies are common. This leads to pet owner frustration, increased morbidity in pets and questions arising as to whether flea resistance to treatment products are to blame . It is vital for veterinary professionals to consider all the reasons why flea control is failing and put corrective measures in place.

Exotic parasites – tips and practical advice for the travelling or imported pet

Pet travel and importation into the UK has increased year on year since the pet travel scheme (PETS) was relaxed in 2012. This is occurring at a time of rapid spread of parasitic diseases and their vectors. This combination of factors is increasing the risk of pets encountering these agents while abroad and bringing them back to the UK. Climate change and the presence of some parasite vectors already in the country are also increasing the risk of novel parasites becoming established. Although it is the responsibility of the OV to issue pet passports, the whole parasite team can be actively involved in giving accurate travel advice to clients, as well as parasite and tick surveillance in pets entering the country.

Fantastic ticks and where to find them

Tick borne disease represents an increasing risk to UK dogs and their owners. This threat comes not just from Lyme disease endemic in the UK, but also from other tick borne diseases originating abroad. The distributions of these ticks and the parasites they carry are shifting both in the UK and across Europe, making it difficult to keep up with a rapidly changing situation. This lecture will give a tour across the UK and around Europe of the wonderful variety of ticks present and the disease risks that they pose.


Ian is a practising Veterinary Surgeon at the Withy Grove Veterinary Surgery and co-owner of the Mount Veterinary Practice in Fleetwood. He has a Master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology and is Head of the European Scientific Counsel of Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP UK & Ireland).

Ian is regularly published in peer reviewed journals and is a peer reviewer for the Veterinary Parasitology and Companion Animal journals. Ian continues to carry out parasite prevalence research in practice.