‘Britain’s most-diseased man’, The One Show wildlife presenter Mike Dilger, has been confirmed as keynote speaker for this year’s BVA Congress

The One Show presenter Mike Dilger will deliver the Wooldridge Memorial Lecture sharing tales of his extensive travels in the tropics and his work as a wildlife presenter.

His lecture will include his personal experience of contracting a collection of exotic diseases, including malaria, bilharzia and leishmaniasis; leading to his nickname of ‘Britain’s most diseased man’.

Mike is an ecologist, natural history presenter and writer with a profound interest in British and tropical flora and fauna, of which he has extensive experience and an encyclopaedic knowledge.

With degrees in both ecology and botany and a life-long passion for natural history, Mike is a well-known face in the world of wildlife presenting and makes regular appearances on BBC’s The One Show and Inside Out. Mike is also the author and co-author of numerous books, including ‘Nightingales in November’, ‘Nature’s Calendar’ and ‘Nature’s Babies’.

The Wooldridge Memorial Lecture is open to all London Vet Show attendees and will take place in the BVA Congress Theatre at London’s ExCeL at 1:00-2:00pm on Friday, November 16.

British Veterinary Association president Simon Doherty said: “The veterinary profession is increasingly engaged with ‘One Health’ in recognition of the fact that animal and human well-being are inextricably linked to one another and to our environment.

“Mike Dilger’s work to bring these links to life for the wider public has had a significant impact on the way society interacts with animals, which is of enormous interest to our members.

“We look forward to welcoming all London Vet Show attendees to hear more about Mike’s expertise and anecdotes. I know that our audience will be fascinated, as I am, to hear about his first-hand experiences with exotic diseases, such as malaria and leishmaniasis.”