AAVM 2024 - Twelfth International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents in Veterinary Medicine
Following the very successful conference that was held in Madrid in September 2022, we are excited to announce the Twelfth International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents in Veterinary Medicine (AAVM), to be held June 16-19, 2024 in Athens, Greece. This forthcoming conference follows the success of the past eleven AAVM conferences held in Helsinki, Ottawa, Orlando, Prague, Tel Aviv, Washington DC, Berlin, Budapest, Rome and Madrid, as well as one held online during the COVID lockdown period.
Antimicrobials are still critically important and necessary in farm and companion animal therapy, notwithstanding the increased attention and measures to promote an overall reduced and responsible use. The risk for the spread of bacterial resistance when antimicrobials are used is well known, and the interconnection of use of animal and human antimicrobials further increases the concern for human and animal health. Alternatives to these drugs are increasing, but still not routinely available. Veterinary medicine has to deal with the increasing requirement of antimicrobial use reduction, the lack of valid alternatives and a more prudent and updated use of antimicrobials for therapy. These aspects and many others, such as, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, PK/PD modelling, antimicrobial resistance, residues, analytical methods, clinical trials, environmental impact, etc. are the forefront topics of the AAVM program. This year, the conference will focus not only on antimicrobial, but also on alternatives: Antimicrobial and alternative medicine for the treatment of infectious diseases.
Antibiotic resistance is amplified by the misusage and overuse of antibiotics, as well as poor infection prevention and control. Steps can be taken to limit the transmission of resistance, and also to prevent and control the spread of infections and the application of stewardship to antimicrobial use can efficiently preserve and extend antimicrobial efficacy. Research on new and alternative antimicrobial molecules, early detection of diseases, biosecurity and control measures for infections in intensive farms, antimicrobial stewardship and treatment optimization will be in the spotlight for the upcoming AAVM conference as well.
Accurate and rapid diagnostics has been identified as an essential pillar by the World Health Organization for appropriate antimicrobial use along with supporting Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention and Control programs. Additionally, Laboratory Stewardship has also emerged as an essential program for replacing low value testing with high value testing to ensure optimal patient care. The role of rapid and Point-of-Care diagnostic technology continues to expand and reduces turn-around-time for clinically important results influencing appropriate antimicrobial use.
We encourage debates and discussion between the presenters, discussants, and participants. AAVM Conference is confirmed as one of the leading meetings in its field, providing a very intensive program and encourages discussion among the attendees.
We look forward to welcoming you to Athens.
Prof. Joseph Blondeau
Prof. Petra P. Cagnardi
Prof. Stefan Soback
Executive Director of AAVM
Welcome to Athens, the historical capital of Europe. Welcome to the birthplace of democracy, arts, science and philosophy of western civilisation. Home of Plato, Socrates, Pericles, Euripides, Sophocles, Aeschylus. Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities. It’s recorded history spanning around 3.400 years and it is being inhabited since the 11th millennium B.C. E. Today, under the shadow of Parthenon, the contemporary urban scenery of the sprawling city reflects its exciting history, its multi- cultural modern personality as well as the infrastructure and facilities.
The perfect Mediterranean climate with the legendary greek sunlight, the unique combination of glorious history with modern, urban innovation, the coexistence of great culture with astonishing natural beauty, the high standard hotel accommodation, modern means of transportation such as the cutting edge modern metro, the vibrant rhythm of life, the wide choice of opportunities for shopping, dining and night life and of course the warmth of the Athenians people feature Athens as the ideal all year round city break destination. The city of Parthenon is an open air museum. A large part of the town’s historic center has been converted into a 3 km pedestrian zone, one of the largest in Europe. It leads to the major archaeological sites (“archaeological park”), reconstructing – to a large degree – the ancient landscape. Either on foot or by bike, the ‘’Grande Promenade’’ around Acropolis is an unforgettable journey through history.
The Athens Marriott hotel is located on the bustling artery of Syngrou Avenue, within walking distance of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre and the Athenian Riviera.Designed to perfection, our rooms and suites, are outfitted with contemporary decor and plush bedding, spa inspired bathrooms and modern workspaces. Stay active in our well-equipped fitness centre or recharge your body and soul with our signature spa treatments. Take your seat in The Great Room or join us outdoors in the Atrium and relax in to the chic, urban setting. Indulge in Mediterranean flavours at the Made in Athens restaurant and surround yourself with impeccable views on the e&o Athens rooftop while relaxing with a cocktail and savouring delicious fusion cuisine. Do business in style in our sophisticated spaces where our on site planners and culinary team will take your event to the next level, ensuring you a memorable experience.
The hotel offers shuttle bus service to the Athens Center Monday to Friday every hour starting at 10:00 and ending at 17:00.
-Departure from left corner of the hotel entrance
-Pick up from city center: Syntagma Square
-The shuttle bus operates on a first come first served basis
The Conference will be conducted in English.
LETTER OF INVITATION
Upon request, the Conference Secretariat will send a personal letter of invitation to participate in the Conference. It should be understood that such an invitation is only meant to assist participants raise travel funds or obtain a visa and does not represent a commitment on the part of the Organizing Committee.
Participants from certain countries will require a visa to enter Greece. We suggest you confirm this with your travel agent before travel.
CLIMATE & CLOTHING
Dress code is informal throughout the Conference. The average maximum daytime temperature in Athens in June lies at 31.8°C (89.24°F). The average minimum temperature is 21.7°C (71.06°F) (usually the minimum temperature is noted at night).