The NBVME provides standardized examinations for use by state and provincial licensing boards as part of their licensure procedure for veterinarians. All courses are free notes Art Johnstone, Director of the Office of Agricultural Emergency Preparedness. Attendees at the Tampa Bay Area Medical Disaster Symposium toured disaster response vehicles. County, 24 Petwatch, Butler Animal Health Supply (provided breakfast!), Merial Limited and Merritt Veterinary Supplies. An FDACS team assisted with agricultural damage assessments following landfall of Hurricane Ike on September 13th in Galveston, Texas.
In a Special to the SART Sentinel, the editors interviewed Team Leader David Perry upon his return to Florida. While some emergency-related information was previously available on the APHIS web site, it was spread across multiple program areas. The new APHIS site links emergency contact information for the State Veterinarians, State Plant Regulatory Officials, ESF-11 coordinators, Animal Care representatives and biotechnology representatives.
Reporting from an airport on the way to assist with Hurricane Ike recovery, Laura Bevan reported on the recent Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) training "Introduction to Animals in Disaster?held at Santa Fe College in Gainesville.
After Hurricane Gustav but before Hurricane Ike made landfall, APHIS and the fledgling National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP) co-sponsored a national meeting on pet sheltering: September 10-11, Baltimore, Maryland. In both states the number of animals brought to shelters was lower than anticipated, although it was difficult to obtain accurate counts of animals sheltered statewide. How does your parakeet's sneeze translate to the death of thousands, even millions of people?
UF's Carol Lehtola for use as a quick 'tip-sheet?hand-out at local preparedness and health events. Although it has lived in Florida since the 1950s, the Caribbean "crazy ant?has recently received significant press as a pestilential Sunshine State newcomer. In a slightly-off-the-subject discussion of Robert James Waller essays and science fiction writing, the Sentinel's editors and Dr. FDACS?David Perry, a frequent Incident Commander following disasters, with experience for example in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and Texas after Hurricane Ike, says that to his knowledge no response team has run across a meth lab, but there are numerous other possibilities for danger as well including hostile groups of individuals and escaped exotic animals.
The SART SENTINEL is an E-mail newsletter prepared monthly by Rick Sapp and the members of the Florida State Agricultural Response Team. If you have a story or photo that you would like to have considered for publication in The SART SENTINEL, please contact the Editors. Heather Case is the Executive Director of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners where she serves both a key strategic planning and day to day managerial role in the corporation. She worked in public television and for several non-profit groups prior to joining the NBVME staff in 2002.
Johnstone may be reached at his office (850) 410-6758 or via his mobile phone (850) 251-4184. Reunification: The Micro Chipping can be done upon intake of animals submitted by the individual and is linked to the owner through this information. Tracking: When animals are unclaimed and are not adopted they are often relocated to another facility. For instance, most shelters will only keep an animal for 2-5 days before euthanizing or placing in adoption. Universal: A nationwide standardization for the reading of micro chips in pets will be implemented by 2009. USDA's "Tick Rider" force keeps watch over a 700-mile buffer zone along the Rio Grande from Brownsville to Del Rio, inspecting foreign strays and native ranch animals for the fever tick, a parasite that can transmit disease to cattle and could spread to the entire southeastern U.S. The site provides resources and contact information for situations as diverse as a hurricane or tornado or even dealing with a pest or disease outbreak.
While all 29 enrollees completed the course and received a certificate, only two of the four scheduled instructors were able to finish, one falling to influenza and another called for hurricane response.
HS University is planning a follow-up course, by the way, 'Animal Sheltering Operations Boot Camp,?in February 2009 in either Gainesville or Largo.? Tentatively referred to as the "National Summit on Companion Animal Emergency Management?the meeting provided a forum to educate state emergency responders about federal and non-governmental resources available to assist with pet sheltering during an evacuation. Ten Animal Care employees worked as liaisons to Texas operations, provided subject matter expertise to FEMA, conducted needs assessments in the field, and helped regulate facilities. Shelter volunteers had many responsibilities and animals arrived and were picked up continuously.
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Called crazy ants for their "quick and erratic movement,?this insect swarms by the millions.
Thus, they eat any living thing in their path ?and remember that they swarm by the millions ?that cannot escape: plant juices, other insects, bird hatchlings, picnic baskets?
Is there a secondary, perhaps indirect, dark side to the crazy ant as the sheer number of exotics on this fragile peninsula mounts? David's suggestion is to get out of the area as quickly as possible and to then alert law enforcement authorities. She is board certified in Veterinary Preventive Medicine and is a Certified Association Executive.
She received her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota and completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Canada.
Tonee worked briefly for a Mandan, ND veterinary clinic prior to joining the NBVME staff in 1999. Below: David Perry, FDACS, poses with a practice horse, which when full of water weighs 600 pounds. In the event that the animal is brought into the shelter and the owner is unknown the chip will then associate the animal with the disaster and area.
Team members were Dana DeJarnatt, Jason Duval, Julie Hinote, Gary Painter, and Bruce Vickers. Because the storm surge from Ike was so great and the land is so flat, animals too numerous to count were drowned.
That left Bevan and Diane Webber, HSUS Chicago Area Director of Emergency Sheltering, as primary instructors. State responders with experience managing pet sheltering during disasters also shared best practices and lessons learned. Animal Care will work with states to look at ways to streamline this process in the future.
And if you were an enemy of the U.S., an enemy intent on perpetrating long term harm, would the introduction of exotic species such as the Caribbean crazy ant contribute to the success of your mission?
After completing her internship she entered private mixed animal practice in rural Minnesota focusing primarily on equine medicine and surgery. When the unclaimed animal is adopted the new owner's information then can be updated to link the animal to its new owner. In the event of an individual looking for one of these animals the micro chip can track this animal to its new location and can aid in the reunification process. Micro chipping all disaster animals brought into a shelter distinguishes them from the general population and will help prevent accidental euthanasia. It was only the second time that a self-contained EMAC team ?the first involving Agriculture ?has been sent to the field and both were from Florida.? Following several years in practice she returned to the University of Minnesota to complete a veterinary public health residency, earning her Master of Public Health degree.
This is also the case if an animal has to be removed from the shelter for medical or temporary foster care.
It is easy at times to confuse animals with similar traits, those with micro chips would not be confused with a similar shelter animal. Cattlemen are trying to move remaining free roaming cattle as there is no feed or fresh water.
While a resident, as a volunteer member of the AVMA's Veterinary Medical Assistance Team (VMAT), Dr. Teams assisted cattlemen in moving some of the stressed and stranded cattle to better conditions. After we located the animals or carcass concentrations, commercial disposal companies were hired to pick them up.
Case deployed to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina where she served in logistics and as Commander of Shelter Veterinary Medicine for the Lamar Dixon Animal Shelter which housed over 10,000 animals during the 30 day operation. Teams will continue with recovery in priority regions determined by the Incident Commander. She went on to join the staff of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) originally as the National Coordinator of Emergency Preparedness and Response and then as Director of the Scientific Activities Division.



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