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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Sunday, July 6, 2014, 12:30 PM Venue TBA
Jamaica Veterinary Board CVME Forum, May 18, 2014.
Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries the Hon. Roger Clarke makes a comment at the JVB Forum
THE JAMAICA VETERINARY BOARD'S special forum to update veterinarians on the 2015 implementation of mandatory Continuing Veterinary Medical Education (CVME) requirements for annual licensing took place as planned on May 18, 2014 at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston. It was well attended by veterinarians from across the island. Special guests were Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries, the Hon. Roger Clarke, and Professor Winston Davidson, who heads the University of Technology's School of Public Health.
Minister Clarke brought greetings and expressed his appreciation for the work being done by veterinarians in Jamaica. He pledged his support for the profession as it moved forward.
Prof. Davidson, who was guest speaker, had accompanied Board Chairman Dr. Osbil Watson and Board member Dr. Sophia Ramlal on their trip to Brazil for the OIE's conference on veterinary education late last year. He called on the veterinary profession to embrace CVME as a necessity in today's global environment. He noted that the "human" medical profession in Jamaica has had these requirements in place for several years. He also challenged us to stand up and push for the issues that are important to us and noted that we could find support from our physician colleagues.
Dr. Ramlal gave a presentation outlining the background to the implementation of the CVME requirements and explained what will be required of veterinarians. All practicing veterinarians will be issued their Annual Licensing Certificates for a given year, which are separate from the one-time Registration Certificate, based on the accumulation of at least 10 CVME credits during the previous calendar year and the payment of the appropriate fee. Non-practicing vets will not have to acquire credits, but will remain on the register. Other exceptions/exemptions may apply to categories such as new graduates, post-graduate students, and persons in academia. Details will be posted on the CE page of this website.
New Certificates of Registration and 2014 Annual Licensing Certificates were distributed at the end of the meeting to the veterinarians in attendance. To receive 2015 Annual Licensing Certificates next year, CVME credits will be required. Veterinarians who do NOT accumulate the required credits in the 2014 calendar year will NOT be able to practice legally in 2015.
Guest speaker Dr. Winston Davidson addresses the gathering.
Veterinarians and their new registration certificates
WILDLIFE WORKSHOP WELL ATTENDED
Dr. Darrel Styles
The wildlife public seminar and workshop organized by the Windsor Research Centre was held at the Hope Zoo on May 28 and 29, 2014 respectively. Sponsored by the US-based MacArthur Foundation, the events were well attended by veterinarians, environmental personnel and wildlife enthusiasts and provided a wealth of information for a maximum of 6.5 Continuing Veterinary Medical Education credits for the veterinarians in attendance.
Dr. Darrel Styles, a Senior Staff Veterinarian from the USDA who is an expert in avian infectious and metabolic diseases, conservation and management, covered the important infectious diseases of Psittacines with particular emphasis on how disease can be spread during the course of conservation efforts.
Dr. Jim Wellehan, an Assistant Professor from the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine who is specialist in Zoological Medicine and Microbiology, presented on the evolutionary ecology of reptiles and the diseases affecting them.
Dr. Nancy Lung, Director of Veterinary Services at the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas, who travels to Jamaica annually to carry out health screening for the Jamaican iguana rehabilitation programme known as "Head Start", gave a presentation on that programme, covering it's history, procedures and current status.
Dr. Susan Koenig, Director of Research at the Windsor Research Centre in Trelawny, who has studied Jamaica's wildlife including birds, reptiles, bats and crabs, presented three topics - an example of how disease can affect conservation efforts (Thick-billed Parrot re-introduction in Arizona), the genetics of the Jamaican Boa Constrictor and our parrots, and guidelines for the placement of confiscated animals.
Mr. Brent Newman, who has just successfully completed his Masters degree in Range and Wildlife Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, presented the findings of the research for his thesis - Jamaican Boa translocations, which was conducted at the Windsor Research Centre during a 10-month stay in Jamaica.
Dr. Jim Wellehan
Dr. Nancy Lung
The presentations fuelled lively discussion, including a working session which covered the disease concerns, current status and procedures for the importation, movement and conservation of "exotic" or wildlife species in Jamaica. The threat posed by invasive imported species was emphasized, including differential susceptibilty to diseases among various species.
The evening seminar, which took place on May 28th, was attended by 21 veterinarians among other interested persons. The workshop on the 29th saw a peak number of 36 veterinarians present. All present were required to sign attendance forms for each presentation which will be used in awarding continuing education credits. In total, 41 veterinarians - more than half othe number resident in Jamaica - benefitted from the combined events.
The JVMA sincerely thanks the Windsor Research Centre, the MacArthur Foundation and all the presenters for the excellent learning experience which was provided at no cost to the participants.
Mr. Brent Newman and Dr. Susan Koenig
A small part of the audience - veterinarians, environmental personnel and wildlife enthusiasts at the workshop.
Some protected Jamaican Species: Top Left: Yellow-billed Parrots, Top right: Black-billed Parrot, Bottom left: Jamaican Boa, Bottom right: Olive-throated Parakeet, Courtesy Dr. Susan Koenig
DR. DAVID McKENZIE IS TUSKEGEE'S NEW VETERINARY MEDICAL TEACHING HOSPITAL DIRECTOR
Jamaican-born Dr. David McKenzie has been appointed as the new Director of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University located in Alabama in the United States. Dr. McKenzie, a Tuskegee alumnus, is also an associate professor of large animal medicine and surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences there.
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Dr. David McKenzie
In an article in the April 2014 issue of the magazine DVM 360, he is quoted as saying “I am passionate about teaching and mentoring students and am honoured to serve as the new Director of the VMTH. I hope to help continue to move the teaching hospital forward to make sure our students are well trained to compete globally upon their completion of the veterinary medical curriculum here at Tuskegee University.”
Dr. McKenzie graduated with his DVM in 1990 and his post-graduate qualifications include a Masters in Veterinary Science (1996), a Masters in Public Health specializing in Epidemiology and International Health (University of Alabama- Birmingham, 2004) and a Doctorate in Health Education (UAB, 2012). He is Board-certified in large animal internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and has a special interest in international veterinary medicine, serving in a number of capacities pertaining to international veterinary graduates. He has always maintained close ties with the Jamaican veterinary community, including membership in the Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association.
He hails from Kingston and is the son of Dr. Keith McKenzie, a paediatrician who was among Jamaica's first paediatric cardiologists and was originally from Grange Hill, Westmoreland, and his late wife Norma who was from Highgate, St. Mary.
Many Jamaican veterinarians, both home and abroad, are Tuskegee alumni and the entire veterinary community shares in their pride at Dr. McKenzie’s achievement. The JVMA salutes Dr. David McKenzie and wishes him all success in his major role in shaping and guiding the development of veterinarians of the future.
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