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Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

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A description of Public Practice topics, by speaker, for the 2014 Virginia Veterinary Conference.

Friday, February 28

Ken Scheel, DVM
10:00-10:50 am
Veterinary Accreditation Module 11: Sheep and Goat: Disease Awareness and Health Certificates
After completing this module, accredited veterinarians should be able to: List common diseases of sheep and goats and identify those that are zoonotic; List the four requirements that must be met for USDA to officially recognize a scrapie genotype test; Understand the differences in the National Scrapie Eradication Program and the Scrapie Flock Certification Program; Explain the types of official identification required for international and interstate movement of sheep and goats; and Identify common errors on completed International Health Certificates and Certificates of Veterinary Inspection. 

Lyn Tobias, DVM
11:00-11:50 pm
Veterinary Accreditation Module 23: Use of Antibiotics in Animals
One of the primary roles of many accredited veterinarians is to identify, treat, control, and prevent disease in animals. Many of these diseases are a result of a bacterium and require antibiotic administration as a means of treatment to relieve animal suffering and reduce pathogen load in animals destined for human consumption. Deciding which antibiotic to use can be complicated in some cases. Veterinarians utilize their problem solving skills, clinical training, and information gained through continuing education to arrive at the best possible option to treat their patients. Increasing awareness of the diagnostic tools, regulatory issues, and antibiotic resistance debate led to the development of this educational module.

Jeremy Pittman, DVM, DABVP
1:00-1:55 pm
Swine Industry in Virginia Today
Virginia has a long history in the US Swine Industry and has at many times helped shape the industry as we know it today.  More than 90% of the swine in the state of Virginia are managed by one company and originate from North Carolina.  In addition, market animals come into Virginia from many different states across the US.  The Virginia swine industry looks nothing like it did as early as 5 years ago.

2:05-2:30 pm
10 Swine Diseases All Practitioners Should Know
Swine are not commonly seen by practitioners in the state of Virginia, however can still be found in rural communities such as niche market farms and show pigs.  Most practitioners had little exposure to swine diseases while in veterinary school, other than required for boards, and few veterinary conferences outside the swine profession have swine-based lectures.  This presentation will cover some of the more important swine diseases that are likely to be seen by practitioners or found circulating in the media.

Megan Kirchgessner, DVM, PhD
2:30-3:00 pm
Wildlife in Virginia: Feral Hog, Elk Reintroduction, and Chronic Wasting Disease Status Updates
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) Wildlife Health Program participates in a variety of projects and management efforts, including feral hog disease testing and surveillance, chronic wasting disease surveillance and management, and elk re-introduction.  The status of feral hog populations and results of disease testing, the status of chronic wasting disease in Virginia and current efforts to monitor prevalence and geographic spread of the disease, and information on the current status of the translocated elk herd will be discussed.

Mark Remick, DVM
Bovine TB in 2014 and Beyond
The presentation will focus on current trends in Bovine TB surveillance and testing throughout the US. It will summarize recent outbreaks within the US over the past year. This talk will also include an open forum discussion focusing on caudal fold response rates and the impact on domestic and international trade.

Gerhardt Schurig, DVM
4:05-4:50 pm
The presentation will focus in general on the protective immune response to Brucellosis and on vaccination strategies that help in the control of the disease. Some important characteristics of vaccine strain RB51 will also be described.

Susan Miller, DVM
5:00-5:45 pm
Meat & Poultry Inspection in Virginia – Consumer Safety and Animal Disease Traceability
This session will provide an overview of federal and state regulations in governing the production of meat and poultry products, both raw and ready to eat.  A variety of aspects concerning federal and state inspection programs will be discussed, as well as animal health issues facing today’s meat industry and animal disease traceability at slaughter establishments.