A description of Public Practice topics, by speaker, for the 2013 Virginia Veterinary Conference.
Friday, March 1
Jon Zack, DVM
FMD Preparedness and Response
The goals of an FMD response are to (1) detect, control, and contain FMD in animals as quickly as possible; (2) eradicate FMD using strategies that seek to stabilize animal agriculture, the food supply and the economy, and protect public health; and (3) provide science- and risk-based approaches and systems to facilitate continuity of business for non-infected animals and non-contaminated animal products. Achieving these three goals will allow individual livestock facilities, states, tribes, regions, and industries to resume normal production as quickly as possible. They will also allow the United States to regain FMD-free status without the response effort causing more disruption and damage than the disease outbreak itself.
Continuity of Business in an FMD Response
While we know that it will be essential to use quarantines and movement controls to stop the spread of an FMD, we also know that these quarantines and movement controls are likely to cause significant disruptions in typical business operations and result in the severe restrictions of intrastate and interstate commerce. While the economic impact of severe restrictions on intrastate and interstate commerce of animals and animal products is harder to quantify, the current agricultural production and marketing systems for swine, dairy and beef rely on frequent interstate movement. For example, just-in-time production in the swine industry and constant movement of milk in the dairy industry means that there would be extreme interruptions in these systems, resulting in severe economic consequences.
Annamaria Castiglia, DVM
CVM’s Pet Food Safety Program
This talk will provide a brief introduction on CVM, Pet Food 101, the CVM’s pet food early warning surveillance system and the veterinarian’s role in pet food safety.
Yugendar Reddy Bommineni, DVM, MVSc, PhD, DACVM
Review of Important Poultry Diseases
This presentation covers common poultry diseases seen in small flocks. This also provides insight into regulatory and reportable diseases of poultry.
Mark Remick, DVM
Imports, Exports and the Private Practitioner
This talk will focus on the changing roles, responsibilities and requirements of accredited veterinarians. Information will be available for equine, food animal and companion animal practitioners. A question and answer opportunity will be available.
Megan Kirchgessner, DVM, PhD
Elk Restoration in Virginia
The last wild elk (Cervus elaphus) herd was extirpated from Virginia in 1855. In order to restore wild elk to the Commonwealth, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has partnered with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources to translocate an estimated 75 wild elk from eastern Kentucky to southwest Virginia. Details pertaining to the multi-agency collaborative approach, trapping, quarantine, transport and anticipated concerns for the elk post-arrival in Virginia, including exposure to epizootic hemorrhagic disease, will be discussed.
Julia Murphy, DVM, MS, DACVPM
An Overview of Rabies in Livestock in Virginia
The epidemiology of rabies in Virginia, particularly in regard to livestock, will be reviewed. In addition, the geographic distribution of cases, clinical signs of rabies in livestock species and exposure response will be discussed.
Thomas Cecere, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP
Schmallenberg Virus: Update on a Rapidly Emerging Disease
In 2011, an enzootic outbreak of abortion, stillbirth, neurologic signs and congenital malformations developed in ruminants located in northern Europe due to infection with the novel Schmallenberg virus. The clinical features, pathological findings and impact of this disease will be discussed.