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JVMA CVME Event - Sunday November 23, 2014
JVMA Continuing Education Seminar
on Sunday November 23rd 2014
from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
The Conference Room
Veterinary Services Division
Ministry of Agriculture
Old Hope Rd
Feature presenter - Dr Mark Adam
"Small Animal Laparoscopic Procedures"
Hands on demonstration of Laproscopic instruments
Dr. Susan Koenig (Windsor Reserach Centre) - "Ebola & Wildlife"
Dr. Robert Thomas - "Veterinary Survival"
Price: $8000 (members) $10,000 (non-members) Students $4000
The content of this seminar has been approved for 5 CE hours
Lunch and Coffee break included
Payment and Pre- Regstration can be made at AnimalCare Veterinary Hospital
The Schmallenberg Virus, named after the town in Germany where it was first isolated, in 2011, is an Orthobunyavirus that infects large and small ruminants resulting in several pathological effects, including digestive, reproductive, neurological and teratogenic problems. It is transmitted by biting flies - so-called midges of the genus Culicoides - the same flies that transmit Blue Tongue. Maternal-foetal transmission may also occur.
Clinical effects include reduced milk production, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, loss of condition. Abortions, stillbirths and mummified foetuses may occur. Congenital deformities may occur in young animals including arthrogryposis, hydranencephaly, spinal deformities and blindness. Neurological problems such as ataxia and paralysis may occur.
There is no specific treatment or vaccine at this time and the disease has thus far been confined to Europe. The Schmallenberg Virus does not infect humans.
For details on the Schmallenberg Virus, please click HERE.
Acknowledgements: Dr. Patrick Craig
First Module of Caribbean One Health Leadership Series completed in Tobago
Dr. Roderick King guides the group of Caribbean One Health Leaders in a discussion on leadership skills.
November 18, 2014
The first module One Health, One Caribbean, One Love Leadership Series tooks place in Tobago from November 11 -13. Particpants from all over the region took part in this programme under the auspices of the University of the West Indies (UWI), the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Food & Agricuture Organization (FAO), the agricultural research organization CIRAD, and CaribVet (the Caribbean Animal Health Network) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA).
Participants were selected from applicants who responded to a scholarship offer earlier this year and are drawn from all areas of health, environmental and and social sciences. They will particpate in a total of four modules over the next two years and will form the nucleus of the development and implementation of the principles and practices of One Health in the region. They will be expected to implement a small scale One Health project in their respective countries.
The distribution of the particpants was as follows (moving eastwards then south): Belize (3), Cuba (1), Jamaica (4), Haiti (2), Antigua & Barbuda (1), Dominica (3), St. Lucia (2), Barbados (3), St. Vincent & the Grenadines (3), Grenada (3), Trinidad & Tobago (6), Guyana (3) and Suriname (3).
The team of Facilitators and Mentors introduced the group to One Health issues and the development of leadership skills. They included Dr. Craig Stephen, executive director of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative and professor at the Western School of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Dr. David Waltner-Toews, founding president of Veterinarians Without Borders - Canada and of the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability & Health, Dr. Roderick King of the Department of Global health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School in the United States, and Ms. Mirine Dye of the Florida Institute for Health Innovation. Caribbean Facilitators and Mentors included Prof. Chris Oura (UWI-School of Veterinary Medicine), Dr. Sandra Vokaty (PAHO), Dr. T. Alafia Samuels (UWI-School of Medicine), Dr. Cedric Lazarus (FAO) and Mr.Roger McLean (UWI-Social Sciences).
Two Jamaican veterinarians participated - Dr. Rayon Gregory and Dr. Paul Cadogan. The other Jamaican delegates were Ms. Dahlia Plunkett, Public Health Inspector, Ministry of Health, and environmental scientist and lecturer Dr. Chandra Degia.
The second module in the series will take place in June of 2015, at a venue to be decided, under the theme Food Safety and Security.
It appears that a significant number of Jamaicans are curious as to whether or not dogs are coming down with the Chikungunya virus - "affectionately" called ChikV. It is only natural that such curiosity should surface given the unprecendented epidemic in the human population and the fact that mosquitoes bite dogs too, spreading heartworm disease in the process.
The good news is that it has never been documented that dogs become ill from ChikV even if it happens to be passed to them by mosquitoes. This virus appears to be very specific for humans, since it made the "species jump" from non-human primates (apes or monkeys) in the 1950's in Tanzania. It follows that any signs of illness seen in dogs during this human epidemic will be related to a range of other illnesses that affect these animals and completely unrelated to ChikV.
Also, persons who suspect their dogs have ChikV might be tempted to give them acetaminophen (Panadol(R), Cetamol(R), Paracetamol(R), Tylenol(R)) for pain. This is a dangerous practice since, although the drug will act in pain relief, more importantly it causes liver damage when given to dogs and cats. While dogs may tolerate and recover from a single dose, this can be fatal for a cat. Repeated dosing can send a dog into fatal liver failure. Therefore, it should never be given to these animals.
The public is advised to consult a veterinarian about illness in their animals and the use of over-the-counter human medications as "first aid" for them.
Treasure Beach Community Spay-Neuter Clinic September 20 & 21, 2014
November 1, 2014
The Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) spay-neuter clinic in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth was held as planned on September 20 and 21, despite at least two volunteer vets having to cancel particpation having been struck down by the Chikungunya virus. A total of seven Jamaican veterinarians particpated over the two days with 123 dogs and cats being spayed or neutered.
The breakdown of the animals done is as follows:
Dogs: 62 Cats: 61 - including 44 feral cats.
Click HERE for a detailed report of this community service event.
The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.
A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near to his master's side.
He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world . He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he was a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains.
When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey thru the heavens.
GEORGE VEST, 1870
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