February 01, 2004

Animal Welfare

Posted Jan. 15, 2004 Last October, before the country's first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy prompted the Department of Agriculture's immediate implementation of a national animal identification system, the U.S. Animal Health Association endorsed the scheme, which would allow for rapid tracking of livestock exposed to BSE and other infectious pathogens. Support for the draft U.S. Animal Identification Plan was one of 30 resolutions the organization of state and federal animal health officials, veterinarians, research scientists, and livestock producers approved during its 107th annual meeting, Oct. 9-16, 2003, in San Diego. Prior to the USDA's announcement in December, the USAHA Committee on Livestock Identification, one of the or ...

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International Veterinary Medicine

These resources priceless to foreign veterinarians, students By Susan C. Kahler Posted Jan. 15, 2004 If the shelves and cabinets, back rooms, and offices at your veterinary clinic are crammed with unused textbooks, journals, instruments, and supplies, consider donating them to veterinarians and students who need them in foreign countries. The groups and individuals listed here collect for the countries specified. These donations may be tax-deductible if given to a qualified nonprofit organization, using IRS form 8283, "Noncash Charitable Contributions." Or consult a tax expert. The Afghanistan Veterinary School Project is beginning to gain momentum. The Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine is the lead entity coor ...

Public Health

Posted Jan. 15, 2004 The rate of Salmonella contamination of raw meat and poultry has dropped by 66 percent over the past six years and by 16 percent compared with 2002, according to the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. "These results show that we are making progress in our efforts to enhance meat and poultry inspection systems," said Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman. The FSIS has more than 8,000 veterinarians and inspectors stationed in meat and poultry plants across the nation to ensure compliance with federal laws and regulations. As part of an extensive, science-based food safety system, the FSIS collects and analyzes Salmonella samples in seven categories of raw meat and poultry, as one way ...

Take Notice

Posted Jan. 15, 2004 Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman has announced a unified food safety research agenda to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of food safety programs. The plan is one of several key initiatives the Department of Agriculture is implementing to enhance food safety and improve food inspection systems. The agenda prioritizes research needs and maximizes use of available resources. Priorities include an investigation into the ecology, epidemiology, virulence, and genetic characteristics related to pathogenicity for Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes , and other foodborne pathogens, to identify targeted control measures. The agenda also calls for the development of effective farm, feedlot, tra ...

Veterinary Community

Posted Jan. 15, 2004 The House of Representatives passed a resolution this fall honoring the hundreds of American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows who have served in Congress. On Oct. 28, 2003, Michigan Rep. Vernon Ehlers introduced House Consecutive Resolution 279 in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the AAAS fellowship program. The AVMA and American Veterinary Medical Foundation have sponsored 33 veterinarians as part of the AAAS program since 1988. These AVMA/AVMF Congressional Science Fellows have helped to raise awareness about veterinary issues in Washington, D.C. "This is a truly valuable educational program from the perspective of both members of Congress and the fell ...