Thank you to all those who attended and participated in the 2016 Vetpath conference. The meeting was a great success and we look forward to welcoming you to the next meeting.
The Prato Conference on the Pathogenesis of Bacterial Infections of Animals was initiated in 2010 by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Structural and Functional Microbial Genomics to fill a major gap in the international conference spectrum. Meetings on bacterial pathogenesis usually have a focus on human pathogens, while veterinary conferences usually contain little by way of molecular pathogenesis. The Prato conference filled that gap by bringing together scientists and veterinarians interested in pathogenic mechanisms of bacteria infecting animals. Following the great success of the first meeting, subsequent conferences were held in 2012 and 2014, with equal enthusiastic support from participants. Accordingly, the fourth conference is planned for October 2016, to be once again held at the Monash University Prato Centre located in Prato, Tuscany, Italy.
A cordial welcome is extended to join the 2016 conference for a stimulating three days of veterinary bacteriology.
Joachim Frey, Chair, Organising Committee