Welcome to the official web site of the Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association, a professional organization representing veterinarians across Jamaica. We invite you to explore the site and see for yourself who we are and why we do what we do.
Upcoming GENERAL MEETING: Sunday October 5, 2014 Venue TBA
SPOTLIGHT ON ILLEGAL PRACTICE
September 14, 2014
The Jamaican news media has shone a spotlight on the issue of illegal practice by non-veterinarians in Jamaica. This comes on the heels of news reports of the stabbing death of a woman in May Pen, Clarendon, in which the alleged perpetrator was reported at being a "veterinarian". The JVMA was quick to issue a release pointing out that this person is NOT a veterinarian and highlighting the incidence of illegal practice across the island by persons pretending to be such.
The press release was as follows:
"The Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association (JVMA) would like to inform the public that the person charged in the brutal murder of a woman in May Pen, as reported in the print and electronic media on September 4, 2014, is NOT a veterinarian nor is he a veterinary technician and has NO affiliation with any veterinary practice, organization or entity.
The Association has been informed by one of our members that the individual did work in their corporate area practice several years ago in a janitorial role but was dismissed.
The JVMA would like to remind the public that a Veterinarian is a veterinary medical doctor trained for at least 5 years in an accredited tertiary institution who must be duly registered by the Jamaica Veterinary Board (JVB) under the Veterinary Act (1976) in order to practice veterinary medicine in Jamaica. The only other official category of veterinary health care personnel is the Animal Health Assistant, otherwise called a veterinary technician who must also receive formal training approved by the JVB and is duly enrolled as such to work under the supervision of a registered veterinarian.
There are also veterinary clinic assistants who may work with veterinarians within their clinical practices, but they have no authority to work on their own outside of the immediate supervision of their employer. The JVMA has lobbied for this category to be regulated by the JVB under a revised Veterinary Act which has been pending for several years.
There are many persons around the country who pretend to be veterinary personnel and engage in illegal practice. The public is advised that all registered veterinary medical doctors possess an identification card issued by the JVB in addition to a registration certificate and an annual licensing certificate. They should ask to see this identification in order to ensure proper, professional health care for their animals.
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CANINE INFLUENZA A-H3N8
The Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) Complex, commonly known as “Kennel Cough”, which includes a number of infections such as those caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica, Canine Adenovirus-2, Canine Parainfluenza virus, Canine Distemper Virus, had a new viral disease added in 2005. In the United States, the Equine Influenza virus A-H3N8 made the species jump into dogs– greyhounds in Florida at first in 2004, then to others in other states – becoming Canine Influenza Virus (CIV A-H3N8)2.
Canine Influenza is completely distinct from Canine Parainfluenza which is caused by a different virus, though they have similar effects. It is highly contagious, can affect dogs of all ages and is transmitted by direct contact, aerosol or via contaminated objects – including human hands. Of exposed dogs, 80-90% will develop clinical infection and up to 20% of these develop severe disease, including possible pneumonia from secondary bacterial infection. The disease, like its equine counterpart, is not known to be transmissible to humans3.
Clinical signs include fever, a productive cough, mucoid to mucopurulent nasal discharge, with more severe cases showing lack of appetite, and, if pneumonia develops, more severe respiratory signs such as dyspnea (difficulty breathing). The clinical course may run from 10 to 30 days. Mortality is low ( 1 – 8%) and is of greatest risk in dogs developing complications1,2.
Definitive diagnosis may be achieved via several laboratory methods including serology, virus isolation and polymerase chain reaction (PCR)1. Each has its limitations.
Treatment is generally supportive. Antibiotics may be used to control secondary bacterial infections that may cause pneumonia, but will not affect the viral infection. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®)may be used in shortening the course of the disease if started early, but this is generally not useful as by the time the disease is distinguished from other CIRD causes – if it is at all – it is too late to make a difference. Other supportive measures might include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories for fever, expectorants to facilitate clearance of mucus from the lower respiratory tract (cough suppressants are contra-indicated), and, if needed, intravenous fluid therapy1,2.
Prevention may be achieved by vaccination1,2,3 (Novibac® Canine Flu H3N8 – Merck Animal Health), but owners of affected dogs are advised to keep them from mixing with others. General hygienic measures such as hand washing after handling dogs, before handling others may be helpful1,2,3.
Canine Influenza has not yet been diagnosed in Jamaica and should not arrive here easily unless an infected dog is illegally imported.
Canine Influenza A-H3N8 is NOT known to occur in Jamaica
The H3N8 Flu virus http://www.h3n8flu.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/h3n8.jpg
Treasure Beach Community Spay-Neuter Clinic September 20 & 21, 2014
The Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) will be holding a community spay-neuter clinic in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth on September 20 and 21. As with the clinic held in Falmouth, Trelawny in June of this year, it is likely to be an all-local affair with some material support from the International Spay-Neuter Network and our own Dr. Lesley Robson.
For volunteer veterinarians, veterinary technicians and assistants and other personnel who need it, accomodations will be provided at villas in Great Bay.
All are encouraged to give of their time, expertise and good will to assist in the effort to tackle dog and cat overpopulation and its accompanying animal welfare and public health issues, while raising the profile of veterinarians and professional veterinary care in the community.
For more information, please contact Pamela Lawson at the JSPCA at 929-0320 or 854-5707. Click the link below the photo to the left for the promotional Flyer.
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The Passing of Agriculture Minister Hon. Roger Clarke
Minister Clarke listens to a question at the JVB Forum in May 2014
The Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association notes with great sadness the passing of the Hon. Roger Clarke, Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries.
The regulation of the veterinary profession and Jamaica’s animal health is under the portfolio of Minister Clarke and, hence, over the many years of his tireless service to Jamaica, our members from both the public and private sectors interacted and worked with him on a regular basis in many ways. The interaction was always professional and cordial, yet infused with his inimitable sense of humour which endeared him to all.
On May 18 of this year, he was present at a forum on Continuing Veterinary Medical Education held by the Jamaica Veterinary Board and attended by many members of the veterinary community. He stayed throughout the proceedings and presented new registration and licensing certificates to the veterinarians in attendance. In his address to the gathering he told us how much he appreciated the many roles played by veterinarians in Jamaica and that he was here for us as we charted the way forward for animal health and our profession.
We are grateful to have had that time with him before his untimely passing. Another giant of Jamaica is gone too soon.
We offer sincerest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and the Government and people of Jamaica.
Minister Clarke with the JVB: L-R Dr. Osbil Watson (JVB Chairman), Dr, Sophia Ramlal, Mrs. Claudette Phipps (JVB Registrar), Minister Clarke, Dr. Graham Brown, Dr. Trevor Dewdney (recently retired from the JVB) and Dr. Sarah Wilkinson-Eytle.
Minister Clarke presents new Registation and Annual Licensing Certificates to Dr. Michael Motta.
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Writer's Credit:Unless otherwise stated, all articles on this page are written by Dr. Paul Cadogan.
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