October 01, 2012


 USDA offering training at conferences

Posted Sept. 19, 2012 

Supplemental training offered at some veterinary conferences can help veterinarians maintain their Department of Agriculture accreditation.
For example, the 2012 AVMA Annual Convention, which ran Aug. 3-7 in San Diego, included 16 sessions that provided details on the roles of veterinarians accredited by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and related continuing education on animal travel, disease surveillance, and disease risk reduction. Veterinarians who choose to become accredited with the agency can perform some duties related to those topics.
Dr. Gary L. Brickler said APHIS will continue offering such educational presentations at state and national veterinary association meetings, and attending those presentations can help veterinarians fill educational requirements for renewing their accreditation with the department. Much of the information also is available at www.aphis.usda.gov/nvap.
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service revamped its National Veterinary Accreditation Program in the past several years, changing the program from one that gave lifetime accreditation to one that requires CE and renewal every three years. The old program gave the same accreditation status to all veterinarians, whereas the new program has two tiers of accreditation with different educational requirements.
While Dr. Brickler thinks most veterinarians understand the program well, he said many still have questions about the accreditation process.

APHIS will offer presentations similar to those given at the AVMA convention at state and national veterinary association meetings. For example, the agency plans to offer educational sessions at the American Association of Equine Practitioners meeting in early December in Anaheim.