Animal Disease Emergency Response Online Course Offered in September – Center for Food Security and Public Health

Open September 2017

Animal disease emergencies involving livestock and poultry diseases of high consequence or foreign origin will have serious economic consequences at the local, state and national level. The rapid detection and response needed will require the collaboration of trained responders.

The Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine will offer a web-based course, Animal Disease Emergencies: Understanding the Response, September 20-30, 2017.

The cost for the course is $100. To find out more and to register, visit:

This awareness level, web-based course is designed for anyone who may be involved in an animal disease response, including veterinary and animal health responders, livestock or poultry industry groups, and producers. Traditional responders, such as emergency managers, law enforcement and fire department professionals can also benefit and learn the roles they may have during responses.
GlendaDvorak_WebDr. Glenda Dvorak, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, course instructor, Assistant Director, CFSPH, explains, “This course will help responders gain a better understanding of animal disease emergencies, the response organization, coordination, tasks and goals, which will help better prepare our nation for an effective and efficient response for these situations.”

About the Center for Food Security and Public Health

The Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) is internationally recognized for providing educational materials and animal disease information. The CFSPH was established in 2002 through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase national and international preparedness for accidental or intentional introduction of diseases that threaten food production or public health. The CFSPH website ( is the Number One result on Google searches for “animal disease information,” with more than 450,000 visits annually.

The Marine Mammal Center : Domoic Acid Toxicity

Study for my ACVPM boards takes me into interesting areas for veterinarians to step into – especially the world of ecosystem health. Today I learned about Domoic acid toxicity from the diatom plankton genus known as Pseudo-Nitzschia. I feel you should all learn about the impacts of this toxin too!

The link below has a ton of interesting videos and information about the condition in sea lions.

The Marine Mammal Center works to rescue and humanely treat ill, injured, or orphaned marine mammals and to advance knowledge about marine mammal health. Explore The Center’s website to find out how you can help support marine mammal conservation.

Source: The Marine Mammal Center : Domoic Acid Toxicity


Australia winning against superbugs in animals

Always good to see an old Professor of mine getting the message out there. Perfect space for practitioners with a research-leaning mind to get involved.

“We think we’ve got a grade-A report within companion animals and in livestock that we’ve got low levels of resistance particularly to critically important drugs used for serious or complicated infections.

“But without vigilance, without good study you can flip the report card very quickly and very easily.

“So it’s really important across the level governments, industry, universities that we’re all working together to keep these rates at this really low level.” – Prof Darren Trott, University of Adelaide

Source: Australia winning against superbugs in animals, researchers find

OIE alerts and animal health information now available on your smartphone or tablet: OIE – World Organisation for Animal Health

The new WAHIS Alerts application from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) delivers alerts and animal health information from the World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) direct to your mobile phone or tablet.Paris, 16 May 2016 – In today’s globalised world, infectious diseases can spread dramatically in a very short space of time. Early detection of diseases at their animal source is essential to bring them under control quickly, thus protecting both human and animal populations. To ensure transparency in the animal health field, the 180 Member Countries of the OIE have an obligation to report the animal disease situation in their territories via the OIE World Animal health Information System, WAHIS.

To provide public access to world animal health data, the OIE makes the WAHIS portal available on its website. It gives free access to data on animal diseases, including zoonoses, arranged according to country, region, month and year.

To increase the ease and speed with which this information can be accessed, the OIE has just launched the WAHIS Alerts application, which enables disease alerts (immediate notifications) and OIE follow-up reports to be sent direct to your mobile phone or tablet.

Users can choose to receive only those notifications and reports related to the regions and diseases that interest them, thus enabling them to keep up to date with the most relevant latest health news.

The application is free to download from the Android, Apple and Windows applications stores.

More information about WAHIS

One of the core missions of the OIE is to guarantee transparency in the animal health situation worldwide, and its 180 Member Countries have a legal obligation to notify the Organisation of any cases of OIE-listed diseases (of which there are 118) and any case of an emerging disease. They must report occurrences of disease in domestic and wild animals, both terrestrial and aquatic. These notifications help to improve the health and welfare of animals and are a means of ensuring the safety of international trade without creating unjustified sanitary barriers.

Since 2005, information on OIE-listed diseases in domestic and wild animals has been available to everyone through the WAHIS interface. This interface can also be used to access other information, such as data on animal populations and the human and material resources of Veterinary Services and laboratories.

Source: OIE alerts and animal health information now available on your smartphone or tablet: OIE – World Organisation for Animal Health