We have been informed that the article 'Whiter Than White' that appeared on the front page of the Vet Times on Feb 14 contained serious inaccuracies. In particular, the statement ‘In retrospect, it would have been interesting to know if this dog was indeed carrying MRSA in its nasopharynx and if the owners had previous hospital contact’ was wrongly attributed to the BSAVA as a comment on Bella. The comment actually first appeared in the Journal of Small Animal Practice and referred to a different case in which the animal recovered.
We unreservedly apologise to the BSAVA for repeating this inacurate attribution and have removed the original article, and our response, from this website. We shall also seek a correction in the soonest possible edition of the Vet Times.
It is the policy of PETS-MRSA.com to maintain the highest accuracy possible in what we report.
I am in the process of registering a new animal welfare charity. Called The Bella Moss Foundation, it will work towards improving infection control in veterinary practices, support and publicise research into MRSA and other serious infections affecting companion animals, offer information to pet owners on post-operative infections, help pet owners in selecting a vet and, ultimately, develop a veterinary clinic caring for companion animals suffering from serious infections.
The Bella Moss Foundation will concentrate on fundraising, publications and the clinic, whilst PETS-MRSA.COM will focus on the issues of clinical standards and regulation of vets. I already have some serious sponsorship and press interest. One of the projects already under consideration is the sponsorship of a conference (to take place later this year) that will discuss and promote advances in the fight against MRSA and other serious infections, and we are in discussions with an events organisation company, so watch this space.