March 15, 2004

Veterinary medicine a key component of Bush's new policy defending U.S. agriculture from TERRORISM Directive coordinates government programs under Homeland Security Department President Bush has introduced a policy for protecting America's agriculture and food from terrorist attacks, disasters, and other emergencies, such as major disease outbreaks. Issued Jan. 30 by the White House, Homeland Security Presidential Directive-9 makes the Department of Homeland Security responsible for coordinating federal programs aimed at protecting U.S. agriculture and food from diseases, pests, and toxins. "This is the president's attempt to lay down internal, administration guidance on how we approach the issue of agriculture and food defense in the ...

AVMA News

As AVMA vice president, Carlson would be mentor to students Last July in Denver, Wisconsin's representative to the AVMA House of Delegates, Dr. René A. Carlson, declared her intention to seek the 2003-2004 AVMA vice presidency. Since receiving a DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in 1978, Dr. Carlson has participated in organized veterinary medicine while employed in small and mixed animal practices. In addition to having served as president of the Wisconsin VMA, which honored Dr. Carlson with its 2001 Veterinarian of the Year Award, she currently owns a three-veterinarian small animal practice in Chetek, Wis. Nominated by the Wisconsin VMA, Dr. Carlson sees the AVMA vice presidency as a chance to share with students what she's lea ...

College News

NIH awards $10.2 million contract to Michigan State for microbiology research unit The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $10.2 million research contract to a multidisciplinary team of researchers at Michigan State University to establish a Microbiology Research Unit exploring the genetics of microorganisms that cause food and waterborne infectious diseases. Announced in October 2003, the NIH award is part of the new Food and Waterborne Diseases Integrated Research Network of research laboratories launched by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The NIAID aims to establish eight research units nationwide in four areas: microbiology, immunology, clinical concerns, and zoonoses. The microbiology unit at Michigan ...

Disaster Management

Partnership formed to respond to animal health emergencies in Michigan The Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan Department of Agriculture, and Michigan VMA have come together to form the Michigan Emergency Veterinary Network, or Vet Net, as part of Michigan's homeland security efforts in the animal health and protection arena. Other Vet Net partners are the Michigan Department of Community Health, MSU Extension, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and private practitioners across the state. Michigan's Vet Net is a comprehensive education and training program geared toward the state's nearly 3,600 licensed veterinarians. The program is aimed at improving awareness, preparedness, and response to animal disease-relate ...

Small Animal

HSUS campaigns to debunk toxoplasmosis myths The Humane Society of the United States is contacting more than 31,000 obstetricians and gynecologists nationwide with information to help them and their patients understand the risks of toxoplasmosis. The message is that pregnant women need not give up their cats. "Misinformation about toxoplasmosis is widespread," said Patrick Duff, MD, residency program director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Florida. Dr. Duff penned the cover letter that accompanies the new HSUS brochure "Your Baby & Your Pet," which will be mailed to members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The HSUS is also sending them "Toxoplasmosi ...

Take Notice

CDC halts importation of civets to prevent SARS The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has banned the importation of civets to prevent the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome. The ban took effect Jan. 13 and will continue until further notice. The CDC's embargo on civets is a response to a growing body of scientific evidence that suggests civets may play a role in the spread of the SARS virus. In the Jan. 23 issue of the Federal Register, the CDC described some of the evidence linking civets and the SARS virus. According to published scientific articles, a SARS-like virus has been isolated from civets captured in the area of China where the 2002-2003 outbreak began. During the initial SARS outbreak investigation, se ...

Washington Veterinary News

Ohio State graduate gets a valuable lesson in politics AVMA Washington office expands new veterinarian's career horizons It never crossed my mind that antifreeze would lead me to a greater understanding of the political process and possibly down a new career path. During the month of January, I spent four weeks in the AVMA Governmental Relations Division in Washington, D.C. There, I was introduced to many facets of the political process while assisting the AVMA with its federal legislative agenda. Although more complex than your seventh-grade history teacher would have you believe, participation in the public-policy making process is open to anyone with the motivation to make a difference. I graduated from The Ohio State University College ...