Public Health Committee
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|The charges to the committee are:
1. Hold and conduct meetings as necessary to accomplish the duties and charge of the committee.
2. Maintain the strong link between the IVMA and the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University. Implement strategies for the IVMA to lead the nation in the number of trained “trainers” among the IVMA membership. Promote veterinarians delivering the presentations to groups and associations in their communities.
3. Propose a strategy to implement the Veterinary Medical Assistance Team in Iowa. Develop a program to recruit and train IVMA members.
4. Prepare information about public health issues involving the public and the veterinary profession for position statements and for periodic inclusion in the Update.
5. Develop a program for Annual Meeting.
6. Continually evaluate how the IVMA could become more involved in food safety issues, including the species Quality Assurance Programs.
IVMA Public Health Committee
November 15, 2011
1:00 – 4:00PM
Minutes of Meeting
The meeting of the IVMA Public Health Committee was called to order at 1:10 PM at the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association office. The following members were in attendance: Glenda Dvorak (Chair), Tom Johnson (IVMA Executive Director), Russ Currier, Radford Davis, Cheryl Eia, Ann Garvey, John Kluge, Michael Frier, and David Schmitt. Members absent were: Kristi Anderson, George Beran, Kelly Donham, Elizabeth Lautner, John Pries, Wilson Rumbeiha, Bruce Towne, Liz Wagstrom and William Williams.
The meeting began with a welcome by Glenda Dvorak (Chair). New members Cheryl Eia and Wilson Rumbeiha were welcomed to the group. Dr. Eia introduced herself.
Dr. David Schmitt (State Veterinarian) provided an overview of current programs and issues related to veterinary public health at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). These included updates on meetings the Department has had with several international visitors to the State of Iowa discussing Iowa agriculture production and biosecurity, work on the Federal and State Transport (FAST) of eggs project to map out business continuity issues for the industry in the event of a highly contagious disease in poultry, the reduction in state district veterinarians and federal veterinary medical officers in the state. Updates were also provided on the status and surveillance of tuberculosis, changes to the Iowa Administrative rules to update the animal disease reporting list and the current status of the poultry operations involved in the recent Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak. Dr. Schmitt also shared the Department’s position in regards to the raw milk issue and the Dangerous Wild Animal Act in the state, as well as the status of the Iowa Veterinary Rapid Response Team. The Department has recently purchased an emergency response trailer and a large triage trailer for use during animal health emergency situations. The Department recently distributed a high consequence of livestock pathogens wall chart to all of the Iowa licensed veterinarians.
Dr. Ann Garvey (State Public Health Veterinarian) provided an overview of current veterinary public health programs and issues at the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Current rabies statistics for the state were presented, as well as an update on the status of West Nile virus. She discussed recent cases of tularemia, Q fever and an imported brucellosis (in a human) case in the state. Several norovirus outbreaks have been reported and the first flu case of the year was reported recently. The Department continues to take an opposing stand on the legalization of raw milk in the state.
Dr. Tom Johnson (IVMA Executive Directer) shared with the Committee recent and upcoming veterinary public health related legislative issues. There continues to be a push to get raw milk sales legalized in Iowa. The IVMA is registered as opposed to this. There is a push to get Bengal and Savannah cats out of the Dangerous Animal Act; wolves and feral swine are currently included in the Act. There are upcoming proposed changes to the Practice Act, but these primarily address adjusting the verbiage to more accurately reflect the roles and level of veterinary supervision veterinary assistants and technicians already have. There continue to be scope of practice issues and debates, such as for embryo transfer. Dr. Johnson shared with the committee the recent challenge issued to veterinarians in the state to donate to their local food pantries. This massive food drive challenge – which runs from September 2011 through February 2012 – was issued to the 13 Midwest State VMAs during the 2011 Heartland Veterinary Leadership Conference. Any contributions (food or monetary) by individuals or clinics should be reported to the IVMA. The state’s tally will be reported during the Heartland Leadership Conference in July 2012.
Dr. Glenda Dvorak presented current activities at the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at Iowa State University. The Center is currently working on several Cooperative Agreement projects with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These include development of training materials (print, web) for the USDA National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP), the National Animal Health Emergency Systems (NAHEMS) Disease Response Operational Guidelines. All of the Centers Emergency Preparedness materials are now compiled onto one webpage (http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/emergency-response.php). The Center is working on updating the companion animal zoonoses book they originally published in 2008. The new text will be a collaboration with nationally recognized human and veterinary healthcare professionals, in efforts to raise awareness of these diseases, as well as promoting the One Health approach in diagnosis and prevention. Dr. Cheryl Eia discussed current projects the Center is working on for USDA Animal Care addressing emergency preparedness and kennel certification.
Dr. Russ Currier shared with the committee several recent publications in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Veterinaria Italiana, and the Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases regarding One Health and a new text of interest titled “50 Animals that changed history”. He also proposed to the committee the development (and endorsement by the committee) of a message to promote the One Health concept among healthcare professionals, such as the Iowa Medical Association, Iowa Infection Control Consortium, and others. Dr. Currier – who is also the President of the American Veterinary Medical History Society – encouraged the promotion of the Society’s annual essay contest – for which there have not been any Iowa State veterinary student submissions in the past year.
Dr. Radford Davis shared with the Committee his recently published books – “Animals, Diseases and Human Health: Shaping Our Lives Now and in the Future” and “Caring for Family Pets: Choosing and Keeping Our Companion Animals Healthy”. He also shared with the committee details about his recent trip with students to Jordan and student trips to the National Rabies Center in Sierra Leone. He is currently working on a 2 year para-professional joint program in India.
Dr. John Pries shared with the Committee the recent opening and search to fill a tenure-track faculty position (Assistant or Associate Professor) at the University of Iowa, College of Public Health in Agricultural Health and Safety.
The Committee next discussed the topic of holding a One Health mini session during the IVMA Annual meeting to promote the One Health concept and engage human health professionals, or possibly a general session on One Health. Drs. Dvorak and Currier will discuss the option with Dr. Johnson. The Committee then proposed topics for the 2012 public health IVMA newsletter articles.
The next committee meeting is scheduled for November 13, 2012 (1-4 PM).
The meeting adjourned at 3:30pm.
Chairman, Dr. Glenda Dvorak
IVMA Public Health Committee
November 16, 2010
1:00 – 4:00PM
Minutes of Meeting
The meeting of the IVMA Public Health Committee was called to order at 1:10 PM at the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association office.
The following members were in attendance: Glenda Dvorak (Chair), Tom Johnson (IVMA Executive Director), George Beran, Russ Currier, Michael Frier, William Williams, Bruce Towne, and Jesse Hostetter. Members absent were: Dave Schmitt, Ann Garvey, John Kluge, Cheryl Eia, Liz Wagstrom, Kelly Donham, Radford Davis, Elizabeth Lautner, Kristi Anderson, and John Pries.
The meeting began with a welcome and introduction by G. Dvorak (Chair).
An overview of current programs and issues at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) was presented by G. Dvorak. Information shared was provided by Dr. Wheeler (Assistant State Veterinarian) prior to the meeting. Premises registration throughout the state has continued with over 56% registered to date. IVRRT training this year addressed Animal Disease Response training. The Department is also continuing their AI Surveillance and Awareness Program throughout the state as well as surveillance efforts for pseudorabies, scrapie, chronic wasting disease, feral swine, and others. Testing of cases for bovine tuberculosis and equine piroplasmosis occurred this year. Also discussed was the recent bill amending current legislation governing commercial small animal establishments.
Next, an overview of current programs and issues at the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was presented by G.Dvorak from information provided by Dr. Ann Garvey (State Public Health Veterinarian) prior to the meeting. Current rabies statistics were presented. The IDPH has recently developed a table listing local points of contact for rabies quarantine enforcement for each county. T.Johnson provided a bit of background that led to the development of the table. Also discussed were the statistics for West Nile virus this year. There was brief discussion of the Salmonella Enteriditis shell egg recall.
Dr. Glenda Dvorak presented current activities at the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at Iowa State University. The Center is currently working on several Cooperative Agreement projects with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These include development of training materials (print, web) for the USDA National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP), the National Animal Health Emergency Systems (NAHEMS) Disease Response Operational Guidelines.The Center recently released a new website (www.Prep4AgThreats.org) which compiles materials to help rural communities prepare for and recover from any number of hazards that can impact their families, animials, farms and businesses. The website and an educational booklet were funded by the Multi-State Partnership for Agriculture Security (MSP).
Dr. Jesse Hostetter, a new member to the Committee, discussed the online Emerging and Exotic Disease of Animals course he teaches to veterinary students as well as veterinarian’s enrolled in the University of Iowa’s Master’s of Public Health Program.
Dr. Bill Williams shared his recent experience presenting dog bite awareness education to elementary children in Ames.
Dr. Tom Johnson (IVMA) shared with the Committee recent and upcoming legislative issues, including the push to get raw milk sales in Iowa approved, the commercial kennel legislation and the upcoming proposed changes to the Practice Act.
Dr. George Beran discussed his recent trip to Africa and Asia to work on rabies prevention and education in association with the Global Alliance for Rabies.
Dr. Russ Currier shared with the committee several public health related meetings, one of which was focused on raw milk issues.
Lastly, the committee proposed topics for the 2011 public health articles for the IVMA Newsletter.
The next committee meeting is scheduled for November 15, 2011 (1-4 PM).
The meeting adjourned at 4:10pm.
Chairman, Dr. Glenda Dvorak
IVMA Public Health Committee Minutes
November 16, 2009 – 1:00 p.m.
IVMA Headquarters Office
The meeting of the IVMA Public Health Committee was called to order at 1:22 p.m. at the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association office.
The following members were in attendance: Glenda Dvorak (Chair), Tom Johnson (IVMA Executive Director), George Beran, Russ Currier, Sarah Garst, Ann Garvey, John Kluge, Michael Frier, Jeff Nelson, William Williams, Bruce Towne and Liz Wagstrom. Members absent were: Dave Schmitt, Kelly Donham, Radford Davis, Elizabeth Lautner, Kristi Anderson and John Pries.
The meeting began with a welcome and introduction. Dr. Dvorak relayed information on current public health-associated activities at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), as provided by Dr. Schmitt (State Veterinarian) prior to the meeting. Highlights included an overview of efforts this past summer put forth with the Iowa State Fair Board to develop a plan for the possible occurrence of H1N1 in swine, such as the establishment of isolation areas if needed, increased biosecurity and hand washing signage and hand washing stations. The department continues surveillance efforts for pseudorabies, scrapie, chronic wasting disease, feral swine, and others. The Iowa Veterinary Rapid Response Team (IVRRT) held its annual meeting in September and members participated in several training exercises and a disaster response conference. Membership is currently 379. Recently, funding allocation for the purchase of a disaster/triage trailer has been sought. Dr. Schmitt and Dr. Randy Wheeler recently attended the annual U.S. Animal Health Association meeting and talked with State Animal Health Officials at the national and regional level about activities in Iowa and presented an H1N1 update presentation. Dr. Schmitt has also been actively involved in a working group developing and disseminating national exhibition guidelines.
Next, Dr. Ann Garvey (State Public Health Veterinarian) presented information on current activities at the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). The department, in collaboration with IDALS and the IVMA, recently developed and released a Rabies Resource Manual which addresses key points on quarantines, vaccination guidelines and other pertinent information regarding the disease and situation handling. The Manual has been distributed to IVMA members, IRVIN members, health departments in the state, the Sheriff’s Association and county attorneys. The Committee discussed other pertinent audiences to target such as animal control officers and animal shelters/humane societies. Dr. Johnson and Dr. Garvey will work on gaining contact information for these organizations to distribute the manual. As far as rabies cases in Iowa, to date there have been 29, one confirmed in a squirrel (bat strain) and one in a horse (with an apparent 18 month incubation period). Periodic incidents of Salmonella in association with poultry chicks and periodic cases of Q Fever continue to occur. The number of cases – both human and equine – of West Nile Fever continues to go down, despite detection of the virus in sentinel chicken flocks and mosquito surveillance. Recently, a domestic cat was diagnosed with 2009 H1N1 virus. The cat is thought to have been exposed from its owners, who were ill prior to the cat becoming clinical. The cat has since recovered. The CDC/CSTE/NASPHV is currently drafting a model plan for investigating zoonotic influenza cases.
Dr. Dvorak presented current activities at the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at IowaStateUniversity. The Center is currently working on several Cooperative Agreement projects with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These include development of online training modules for the National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) as well as working in collaboration with USDA subject matter experts to update the National Animal Health Emergency Systems Disease Response Operational Guidelines. Many of these have not been updated since 2005. Additionally, training web modules, PowerPoints and a Field Guide for each of the Operational Guidelines are also being developed. The Center continues to work with the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HSEMD) and the Multi-State Partnership for Agriculture Security (MSP) in developing educational and training materials to help rural communities prepare for and respond to animal disease emergencies. The Center is in the process of developing just-in-time training for various response tasks for an animal disease emergency event. Additionally, a resource database/clearinghouse of pertinent information and resources is being developed to address all-hazards in the Midwest (e.g., natural disasters, animal disease emergencies, pandemic outbreaks, etc.) These materials will be available June 2010. The Center has recently added three veterinarians to their staff. Dr. Janice Mogan (former Emergency Management Coordinator for the State of Nebraska) will join the Center December 1. Dr. Pam Zaabel has also started work for the Center on a part-time basis. The Center will also have a Spanish speaking veterinarian on staff to begin translating many of its materials into Spanish.
Dr. Bill Williams (Altoona Veterinary Clinic) shared with the Committee a presentation he developed on Giardia infections in animals. He recently delivered this presentation to students, staff and faculty at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Williams has agreed to work with the CFSPH to make his presentation available on the CFSPH website.
Dr. Liz Wagstrom provided an update on activities at the National Pork Board (NPB). In June a web-based Emergency Action Plan for Producers was launched. The goal of the materials is to get producers to develop phone lists of persons to contact in the event of an emergency. Research funding by the NPB has been for a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and a risk assessment project has also been funded to look deeper at potential risks to human health for communities in areas with large livestock operations. This study was initiated in response to a recent study – with questionable data - that found a possible incident of higher infant mortalities in such situations. The NPB in collaboration with the USDA and CDC have developed and maintained an H1N1 website, as well as conducting surveillance efforts for the virus in swine populations.
Dr. Tom Johnson (IVMA) discussed a recent federal mandate to the states through the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to have a plan for the disposal of antibiotics and possibly cleaning/disinfecting chemicals in clinics. Colorado has started such a plan. Other states will soon follow. Another issue concerns proposed changes to the use of rodenticides and the need for an applicator’s license to use such products. This was initiated to eliminate the exposure of children in urban settings to such chemicals.
Next, the committee discussed potential public health sessions at the 2010 Fall IVMA meeting. Ideas suggested included legal liability of zoonoses, animal welfare issues, animal hoarding, the animal-human abuse connection, and a review/overview of interspecies influenzas. Various presenters were suggested. Dr. Carol Rubin, DVM, MPH at the CDC for influenza; Dr. Lila Miller at ASPCA for animal-human abuse, Dr. Shari Niekamp at NPB and/or Dr. Suzanne Millman at ISU for animal welfare issues.
Lastly, the committee discussed topics for the 2010 Public Health articles for the IVMA Newsletter. Suggested topics included an update on H1N1, H1N1 and Tamiflu resistance (also addressing discouraging clients from giving it to their pets), rodent-borne, tick-borne, and mosquito-borne zoonoses; the perils of raw milk consumption, and food irradiation.
Dr. Johnson ask the committee to review the current IVMA mission statement [“Providing a vision and voice through continuing education, publications, legislative and social activities to enhance the veterinary profession”] and consider if the addition of “public health” should be included in the mission statement. Several other VMAs have done this. Members should submit any comments or suggestions directly to Dr. Johnson.
The next committee meeting is scheduled for November 16, 2010 (1-4 PM).
The meeting adjourned at 4:10pm.