Gerald Parker, DVM, Ph.D., M.S., has joined the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Center of Excellence, as Interim Director effective August 1, 2015.
Researchers in Australia claim genes coded for antibiotic resistance have passed to bacteria in wildlife species such as sea lions and penguins, particularly animals with close exposure to humans. Dr. Michelle Power, from Macquarie University, presented the research findings this week at the International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association.
Music starts and the dark screen transitions to a salt-and-pepper-haired man in a purple button-down shirt sitting in front of a tin-barn studio backdrop. “Hi, folks, it’s Dr. Dan from Doc Talk here today, and I’m sure glad you joined us,” he says with a smile and a slight twinge of a Midwestern drawl. “Today we’re going to be talking about something that is very common in the beef industry. Stay tuned, we’re going to have a great show.”
Given the value of cattle today, feedyard death loss is more costly than ever, and in spite of the preventative measures and treatments available, death loss percentages seem to have increased in recent years.
An upcoming training module from USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will help accredited veterinarians keep the reproductive disease trichomoniasis, also known as trich, out or their clients’ herds.
When a third or more of a rancher’s cows turn up open, which can happen when trichomoniasis, or trich, infects a herd, the rancher obviously takes a significant economic loss. But due to the sporadic nature of the disease, quantifying losses the disease causes across a region or across the country presents a challenge.
Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the Texas A&M University College July 24, of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, has begun her term as president of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).
By Tammy Beckham, DVM, PhD, Director, Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases
As you are aware, the Department of Homeland Security is currently working to build the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), a new state-of-the-art biosafety level (BSL) 3 & 4 facility in Manhattan, Kansas. This facility will bring to the nation new and enhanced capabilities to address animal and zoonotic pathogens of high consequence to our livestock and public health sectors.