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20th April 2021
Blog: The Bloomsbury SET marks World Animal Vaccination Day

The Bloomsbury SET Knowledge Exchange programme was formed in 2018, following funding from Research England’s Connecting Capabilities Fund. Initially conceived to bring together four Colleges within the University of London, the Bloomsbury SET has supported a range of pump priming projects, and other activities, in the field of infectious disease and AMR. As this is an interdisciplinary project, our activities include both STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and SHAPE (Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts for People and the Economy) interests.


The four partners, the Royal Veterinary College, the London School of Economics, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and SOAS, University of London all bring their unique understanding to this space, ensuring the whole is more than the sum of its parts. The Bloomsbury SET supports interdisciplinary One Health projects, and a key element is also the involvement of stakeholders outside the HEI sector.


Zoonotic diseases (those that can ‘jump’ between species) have been constantly in the news since the identification of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in early 2020, but responses are required for many more potential illnesses in future. Better prevention of disease and understanding of these complex challenges is a key objective of the Bloomsbury SET and its partners.


Today, on World Animal Vaccination Day, the Bloomsbury SET KE programme is showcasing its projects on the development of vaccines for animals, highlighting the importance of understanding responses to animal medicine in preventing human disease.


The Bloomsbury SET animal vaccine projects:

Development and testing of Straptococcus suis candidate vaccine

Optimising sugar attachment site in vaccine

Development of a poultry vaccines platform based on transgenic coccidia parasites and evaluation of immunoprotecting against necrotic enteritis

Development of an inactivated oral yeast vaccine against poultry Eimeria



The World Animal Vaccination Day is an initiative of HealthforAnimals and the World Veterinary Association, occurring annually on the 20th April since 2016. The campaign highlights the benefits of vaccination to support the health and welfare of the animals and how this can impact on human health.