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Last week saw the 18th World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (WAVLD) host it’s biennial meeting in the beautiful Italian coastal town of Sorrento. With over 500 people in attendance, the event delivered a packed agenda with 60 oral presentations, 4 keynote lectures, 228 poster presentations and an exhibition hall with 26 companies presenting their products and services.

The event was also co-located with the 12th World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) seminar where one of the key topics for discussion was the use of rapid diagnostics in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Other sessions throughout the 3-day event discussed new technologies and biomarkers; the detection, management, and control of emerging disease; food safety and the detection of foodborne pathogens and contamination.

The value of rapid diagnostics

The value of rapid lateral flow diagnostics in the animal health industry was evident throughout the event with a number of presentations evaluating their use, posters describing their development, and exhibiting companies showcasing their pen-side testing solutions.

ELISA to lateral flow

Lisa Mansell, Abingdon Health’s Business Development Manager for contract services in the Agri-Food sector, met with a number of companies to discuss the conversion of their existing ELISA assays into a lateral flow format. Some companies were interested in discussing transferring their manufacture of their existing rapid test, and others wanted to learn more about the benefits of using the ADxLR5® lateral flow reader to provide quantitation or removal of user subjectivity in qualitative tests.

It was a great event to be a part of and Abingdon Health looks forward to continuing discussions with the various companies and academic groups that we had the pleasure of meeting.