February 01, 2004

Washington state dairy cow nation's first case of BSE Agriculture Department investigation leads to Canada, new safeguards imposed The first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the United States was confirmed Dec. 25, 2003, in a nonambulatory dairy cow slaughtered in Washington state. The infected animal was discovered as part of the government's policy to routinely test downer cattle for BSE, which has been linked to new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a fatal neurologic illness in humans. With the news on Dec. 23 that brain samples from a Washington cow had tested positive for BSE at the Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, numerous countries began prohibiting imports of U.S. beef ...

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International Veterinary Medicine

Send unused journals, textbooks, supplies on a trip abroad These resources priceless to foreign veterinarians, students 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 t ...

Public Health

Salmonella in meat and poultry products declines drastically 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 categor ...

Small Animal

Superstar stamp sells out Neuter/spay stamp a blockbuster, American Partnership for Pets pushes for reprinting What has appeared on "Jeopardy" and "The Price is Right," and involves veterinary medicine? No, it's not a practitioner who spends time on the game show circuit, but the neuter/spay stamps. Being featured on shows like those, in addition to being promoted at numerous events and through various activities, is the reason the neuter/spay stamp has now sold out. Members of the veterinary community are thrilled, and a movement has started to encourage the U.S. Postal Service to reprint the stamps. Since the USPS doesn't track sales by stamp type, comparing and contrasting the success of various ones is difficult. T ...

Take Notice

New Web site, CD-ROM provide information on Johne's disease The United States Animal Health Association has developed two new educational tools to teach veterinarians and producers more about Johne's disease and help prevent its spread. A new CD-ROM, "Johne's and Beyond," comprises 25 sets of PowerPoint slides, articles, and other information about the disease. The CD will be provided free to subscribers to a related Johne's disease Web site; a one-year subscription to the Web site costs $50. Downloadable updates to the CD will be posted on the Web site as they become available. Several animal health organizations and companies have provided funding, totaling $32,000, for the development of the CD. They include the AVMA, AKEY Feed ...

Veterinary Community

Congress honors science fellows for contributions 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 mem ...

Washington Veterinary News

Though elusive, permanent funding of residue databank still an AVMA priority What would you do with a hundred or a thousand cows exposed to a chemical contamination? Wisely, you would contact the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank, a computer-based decision support system administered by the Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. FARAD maintains a computerized collection of current label information, including withdrawal times of all drugs approved for U.S. food animals. In addition, the U.S. Pharmacopeia-Drug Information Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee has sanctioned FARAD to provide those estimates. Despite the ways in which FARAD protects public health by contributing to a saf ...