Federal Accreditation Training Session
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Moderator – Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Introduction to NVAP - Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle
This module introduces veterinarians to the new National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP). A brief history of the veterinary accreditation program, the importance and benefits of being an accredited veterinarian, the duties and responsibilities of accredited veterinarians, and information on the Category I or II level accreditation and program certification opportunities are described.
9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Avian Influenza & Exotic Newcastle Disease - Dr. Don Otto & Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle
This module helps veterinarians understand the economic and public health impact of an exotic avian disease outbreak and to better recognize the clinical signs associated with AI and END. Details relating to collecting and submitting samples for the surveillance as well as reporting positive results for AI or END are addressed. Understanding the investigative and clean-up process and implementing biosecurity measures specific for each disease are key roles of poultry veterinarians are emphasized. Finally, veterinarians will be able to explain the OIE's role in preventing disease spread via exports.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Animal Health Emergency Response - Dr. Don Otto & Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle
This module describes how practicing veterinarians can play a role in an animal health emergency response. The various "teams” (NAHERC, VMAT, NVRT, State response) are reviewed to demonstrate their similarities and differences. Understanding the structure of a response and how it is coordinated is key to its success, thus the various components related to NIMS, ICS, NRF and the ESF are reviewed. Finally, the components of FAD PReP/NAHEMS Guidelines are described so veterinarians can comprehend what types of duties they will perform in an actual event.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Sheep & Goats: Disease Awareness & Health Certificates - Dr. Don Otto & Dr. Sharon Fairchild
This module begins with an overview of the sheep and goat industries and a review of eight diseases that impact the industry. Veterinarians should be aware of these important conditions, especially when inspecting animals prior to interstate or international movement. The National Scrapie Eradication and the Scrapie Flock Certification Programs are reviewed highlighting the genetic components and identification requirements. Finally, examples of properly completed health certificates for sheep and goats are provided to help veterinarians avoid common errors that can lead to delays or refusal of entry for their client's animals.
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Foreign Animal Disease Detection in Category I Animals - Dr. Sharon Fairchild & Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle
This module addresses the important role companion animal practitioner's play as it relates to detecting foreign animal diseases (FADs) in Category I animals (dogs, cats). In all, information about ten FADs affecting Category I animals is included. Each disease also has a one-page reference source (Disease Briefs) as a resource for practitioners. FAD incursions in the U.S. that were detected by private sector veterinarians are described (screwworm and rabbit hemorrhagic disease). Finally, a scenario culminates what was taught in this module regarding how a veterinarian should appropriately handle a suspected FAD in a patient at their clinic.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Animals' Fitness to Travel - Dr. Sharon Fairchild & Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle
This module discusses the role of the veterinarian when evaluating the fitness of livestock for movement. Veterinarians will learn about various assessments (visual, ambulation, body condition, etc.) to perform on bovine, small ruminant, swine, equine, and deer to determine whether the animal is healthy enough to transport. Finally, steps that can be taken to make livestock transportation more comfortable for the animal and safer for the handlers are reviewed.