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JVMA MARCH GENERAL MEETING - Sunday, March 22, 2015, 11:30 AM, Venue: Veterinary Services Division Conference Room
PLEASE NOTE THE START TIME IS 11:30 AM
There will be a one hour presentation by the Veterinary Services Division to provide an update on the current situation regarding Avian Influenza H5N2. (CE accreditation pending)
KETAMINE UNDER THREAT
Calypsol has been discontinued by Gedeon Richter Ltd. of Budapest, Hungary. It was one of only two brands of ketamine available in Jamaica.
On Friday March 13, 2015, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs was due to vote on whether to reschedule Ketamine as a controlled drug because of concern about its use as an illicit recreational drug in many countries. The World Medical and Veterinary Associations have come out strongly against this rescheduling as it would render it virtually unavailable for both human and veterinary use worldwide. Ketamine is a safe, effective and inexpensive drug used in general anesthesia as an induction agent as well as the primary anesthetic for short procedures.
Here in Jamaica, we currently have only one brand of ketamine available since Gedeon Richter Ltd. of Hungary has discontinued the production of Calypsol(R) leaving only a German-manufactured ketamine preparation on the market.
Ketamine is currently an ESSENTIAL drug as far as veterinary practice is concerned, as clearly outlined in the press release from the WVA. The WMA lends strong support to the WVA position and cites the importance of ketamine in human medicine & surgery. Any restrictions or bans placed on the drug will seriously affect the delivery of both human and veterinary health care worldwide.
The JVMA unreservedly supports the position of the WVA and WMA, though we do understand that the problem of drug abuse is real and needs to be addressed.
UPDATE: The move to reschedule Ketamine was withdrawn by its main sponsor, China, to allow for further examination of the issues surrounding it. Apparently ketamine abuse has been growing in east Asia. For now, the drug has received a reprieve.
Highly Pathogenic Avain Influenza H5N2 outbreak in the USA
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N2 has been affecting a number of states in the United States over the past two weeks. Outbreaks have occured in poultry and/or turkey farms in Minnesota, Missouri and Arkansas. This follows the detection of the virus in wild birds and backyard flocks in Washington State and Oregon in recent months. It is thought that the virus is spreading through wild bird migration via the Mississippi Flyway. Affected farms have been quarantined, with depopulation and disinfection ensuing.
No human cases of this Birdflu strain have been detected and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the risk of such cases to be low. Nevertheless, because the virus can be spread mechanically via contaminated materials, the USDA/APHIS in a release is advising that persons "should avoid contact with sick/dead poultry or wildlife. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds. All bird owners, whether commercial producers or backyard enthusiasts, should continue to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact between their birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials..."
In Jamaica, our Veterinary Services Division and poultry industry are on alert and carefully monitoring the situation. At this time of year, migratory birds are traveling northwards so, for now, there is little risk from them. No cases of HPAI of any strain have been detected in Jamaica.
UPDATE: The Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries has imposed a ban on poultry and poultry products originating in the US States of Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington and the Canadian Province of British Columbia. This does not apply to canned, fully cooked or commercially sterilized products.
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Dr. Sophia Ramlal is 2014's Veterinarian of the Year
Dr. Sophia Ramlal (R) receives the Veterinarian of the Year award from JVMA President Dr. Kevin Walker
December 14, 2014
Dr. Sophia Ramlal, long serving JVMA member and former Executive member (including Treasurer, Vice-President) received a very pleasant surprise at the Association's December General Meeting at the Knutford Court Hotel when she was bestowed with the award of Veterinarian of the Year 2014. She was recognized specifically for her hard work and dedication as Chairperson of the Jamaica Veterinary Board's Continuing Education Assessment Committee (CEAC) in the implementation of the Board's CE requirements for veterinarians registered to practice in Jamaica during the current year.
The Veterinarian of the Year plaque and a trophy were presented by JVMA President Dr. Kevin Walker. The Citation was read by Dr. Robert Thomas, Executive member and Immediate Past President of the Association. Click HERE to read the Citation.
The meeting was hosted by the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries with the central feature being a presesntation by Dr. Ikolyn Ricketts and Mrs. Claudette Phipps to senisitize the veterinary community on the recently launched National Animal Identification & Traceability System (NAITS) (see related story on this page). Dr. Paul Cadogan also gave a presentation on One Health and the recently implemented One Health One Caribbean One Love programme and Leadership Series in which he is one of Jamaica's representatives (see related story on this page).
Members were able to submit their CE documents to the CEAC in preparation for renewal of practising licenses in January 2015. A brief but useful discussion of Matters Arising from the previous general meeting and New Business followed.
The National Animal Identification & Traceability System
Dr. Ikolyn Ricketts of the VSD discusses the NAITS with veterinarians at the meeting hosted by the Veterinary Services Division
December 14, 2014
The Veterinary Services Division (VSD) will be undertaking a major national project with the implementation of the National Animal Identification and Traceability System (NAITS) with the ultimate goal of establishing a system to identify and trace the origins of all food-producing animals in Jamaica. The programme and its associated policies and protocols were outlined to veterinarians by NAITS Team Leader Dr. Ikolyn Ricketts at a meeting hosted by the VSD at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Sunday December 14, 2014.
NAITS will be first implemented for the island's cattle population and will involve the use of coded ear tags with individual animal passports which will stay with an animal for its lifetime. The tags are specialized to allow the collection of tissue samples when they are inserted, allowing for the development of a DNA database of the population as part of the overall computerized national records. The system is designed to allow for expansion of its procedures and protocols in the future, based on needs.
VSD personnel, supported by the field staff of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) will be involved in the tagging process anfd farmer mobilization. A mobile squeeze will be used for the restraint of fractious animals. Tagging will be carried out on a parish by parish basis until the entire island is covered.
All farmers, regardless of number of animals owned, will be required to participate under the new Regulations being implemented under the Animal (Diseases & Importation) Act. Other stakeholders and participants will be the operators of abattoirs/slaughterhouses, livestock markets and showgrounds, public health inspectors and the police. Veterinarians and Public Health Inspectors will be involved in the certification of the death of an animal on farm or at slaughter respectively.
There will be no cost to the farmer in the first phase of the programme, but eventually, by year 3 or 4, it is envisaged that the farmer will bear the cost of the tagging.
NAITS is a necessary step to bring Jamaica in line with international best practice standards for traceability of food products from the farm to the fork. Once tagging is complete, an additional spin-off will be some level of protection from praedial larceny by making it much more difficult for stolen animals to be used for meat, since such animals cannot enter the slaughter and meat inspection process without the necessary documentation. The DNA samples collected during tagging may also aid in this.
Dr. Ricketts' presentation sparked lively discussion among the JVMA members present. Mrs. Claudette Phipps, though recently retired from her position at the VSD, was present and outlined the communications activities that will be utilized the get the NAITS message out to the public at large.
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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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