February 15, 2004

By R. Scott Nolen Posted Feb. 1, 2004 Since bovine spongiform encephalopathy was diagnosed in Washington state in December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been "operating out of an abundance of caution" with regard to public and animal safety, said Dr. Ron DeHaven, the USDA's chief veterinary officer. Dr. DeHaven spoke at the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago on Jan. 11 about the ongoing epidemiologic investigation occurring on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border. Agriculture officials are trying to determine the source of the contaminated feed and whether other animals were infected. "We know that even in countries with a high prevalence of the disease, most notably the United Kingdom, it is very ra ...
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Posted Feb. 1, 2004 The proceedings of the 2003 AVMA House of Delegates have been posted online. The HOD held its 140th annual session July 18-19 in Denver. AVMA members can access them from the Member Center page. ...

Disaster Management

Posted Feb. 1, 2004 The AVMA is looking for a dedicated volunteer to lead the Maryland Veterinary Medical Assistance Team as the VMAT-2 team commander. These highly trained teams of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, other medical and academic professionals, and support personnel respond to disasters and animal health emergencies. Their mission is to assist the local veterinary community with the care of animals and to provide veterinary oversight and advice concerning animal-related issues and public health, during a disaster or following a request from an appropriate agency. The team commander is responsible for managing and supervising all the operational and managerial aspects of disaster missions. Besides supervising the team's ove ...

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Posted Feb. 1, 2004 The Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health of the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is working with six states—California, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin—to test an electronic Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. The pilot program uses the existing paper-based interstate inspection certificate process as framework, according to the USDA. Instead of filling out paper certificates, however, accredited veterinarians in the participating states have the option of using the Web-based certificate. The electronic certificate—an online version of the standard certificate of veterinary inspection approved by the United States Animal Health Association fi ...

Washington Veterinary News

Posted Feb. 1, 2004 Legislation that would prohibit the slaughter of horses for human consumption is making waves and has generated numerous calls to the AVMA Governmental Relations Division Office in Washington, D.C., as well as AVMA headquarters. New York Rep. John Sweeney introduced the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, H.R. 857, on Feb. 13, 2003. The legislation has been in the House Subcommittee on Trade since March 3, 2003. Both the AVMA and American Association of Equine Practitioners have voiced their opposition to the bill ( see JAVMA , Aug. 15, 2003, page 419 , and Jan. 15, 2004, page 185 ). "The proposed legislation, as written, could actually result in less humane treatment of these horses," said Dr. Jack O. Wal ...