LMIC Meaker Visiting Professor Walasinee Moonarmart, Mahidol University, Thailand

Walasinee Moonarmart pictureAntibiotic consumption in animals – a One Health approach

10-16 April, 2018

Biography 

Walasinee Moonarmart graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kasetsart University in 1994. She started her career as a small animal and equine veterinarian at ‘Animal Farm Veterinary Hospital’ where she gained experience and had been invited as a speaker for small animal internal medicine and a committee for international equine sport. She then joined the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Mahidol University in 2000 as a lecturer in small animal internal medicine. In 2002, she completed her post graduate study in “Internal Medicine” from Post Graduate Foundation, University of Sydney. She then pursued her higher education at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London and completed her PhD entitled “Studies on the natural history and progression of acquired mitral insufficiency in the dog” in 2008. She has continued her academic career as a lecturer in small animal internal medicine and cardiology at Mahidol University on her return. She was appointed to be Deputy Dean in Education Affairs during 2009 to 2015, and Deputy Director in clinical studies and services at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital Mahidol University (VTHMU) from 2010 to 2011 and has been appointed to be Deputy Dean since March 2015. She is currently working for internal medicine and cardiology unit at Prasu-Arthorn Animal Hospital, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Mahidol University where she continues her clinical skill and research. She was elected to be the President of the Veterinary Practitioner Association of Thailand (VPAT) during 2014 to 2016. She has been working with the National Health Professional Education Foundation since 2013. Moreover, she was invited to be a speaker for universities, associations, and companies both national and international, for example, Japan, India, Indonesia, and Cambodia.  Her special interests and ongoing research are cardiovascular medicine, infectious diseases, antimicrobial usage, antimicrobial resistance, epidemiology, one health, and interprofessional education.

Summary

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a critical challenge to global sustainable development which threatens to erase decades of progress in both human and veterinary medicine, food security, and public health. Dr Moonarmart, a specialist in antimicrobial usage (AMU) and AMR from the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at Mahidol University, Thailand, will visit Bristol to work together with AMR Force researchers to examine AMU (one driver of AMR) to better quantify usage of antimicrobials in both a UK and an ODA context. She will also contribute to the Building Global Partnerships for Global Challenges event being hosted at the University from April 11-13th.

Currently, very little is known about animal AMU in Thailand, although tonnes of antimicrobials are sold and used in both livestock production and companion animal therapeutics. The quantity of antimicrobials used in Thailand is unknown, but it is important to set benchmarking figures with other countries as well as within Thailand in order to promote responsible use. In order to more accurately quantify AMU, our teams will share information and applicability about a variety of methods. We will focus on the contributions of farming (aquaculture/agriculture) as well as on companion animal AMU, areas that have been neglected in an ODA context. Further information about animal use will also help to bring the knowledge gained into dialogue with existing and newly generated knowledge on the role of antimicrobials in human health. AMR research is currently fragmented within different sectors and a unified understanding is urgently needed to discover which measures and targets within complex systems will combat resistance most effectively. We will develop and deploy novel measurements and benchmarking tools, including participatory approaches and research methodologies co-designed with Thai partners with specific regional contexts in order to provide One Health solutions to local problems with global reach.

Dr Moonarmart's visit is being hosted by Dr Kristen Reyher (Veterinary Sciences)