May 01, 2011

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, West Indies, would have you know that there's more to the school than the idyllic scenery.

Production Animals

AASV COVERAGE Veterinarians work to control air around swine Dr. Darwin L. Reicks described swine barns that have airtight seams, air evacuation at entrances, showers and shoe covering areas for workers, and filtration of air that reaches sows. The measures are largely a response to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, a viral disease that has plagued pork producers since the late 1980s. The veterinarian from St. Peter, Minn., jokingly said that the solution is simple. "Don't let any unfiltered air into the farm," he said. Dr. Reicks was one of several veterinarians at the American Association of Swine Veterinarians annual meeting who gave presentations about the extensive security measures implemented for buildings and ...