2) World Veterinary Day 2017 - Antimicrobial Resistance
2) CbVMA Conference 2017
3) Disease of the Month: Heartworm in Dogs
4) The Life of a Jamaica Hope Cow - Poem
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THEME: Antimicrobial Resistance - from Awareness to Action
By Dr. Robert Thomas
The use and abuse of drugs designed to kill harmful microorganisms has contributed to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) so that the drugs are no longer effective in killing these microorganisms.
Microbes achieve this through three main ways: firstly by producing enzymes that destroy the drug; secondly, by preventing the drug from getting inside their structure by changing the shape of drug attachment sites (drug receptors) which are particular protein configurations on their cell wall to which the drug can attach; and finally by changing the permeability of their cell membrane thus keep out the drug.
Careless use of drugs such as antibiotics has contributed to more microorganisms capable of defending themselves against administered antibiotics that previously killed or inhibited them. So called ‘SUPERBUGS’ are now reality for which there are either no, or very few pharmaceuticals capable of killing them.
Examples of such suberbugs include Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL) Escherichia coli and Klebsiella sp., and resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (the organism causing Tuberculosis) which is resistant to the drugs rifampicin and isoniazid.
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“Moving Veterinary Medicine…
Back to Basics and Beyond”
November 6th – 9th 2017,
Venue: JAMAICA PEGASUS HOTEL
DISEASE OF THE MONTH
HEARTWORM IN DOGS
By Dr. Annesha Foote
Mosquito borne diseases have been a hot topic for the past few years since the rapid spread of Chikungunya through our country followed by Zika, and the yellow fever outbreak in some countries. Humans have not been the only ones afflicted by these annoying pests, our dogs and cats have also been afflicted. Long before any of the other diseases made their presence felt on our shores, heartworm has been a nuisance for many of our pets.
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Jamaican UWI veterinary student receives Scholarship award from the World Veterinary Association & MSD Animal Health
Jamaican veterinary medical student Ms. Steffony Green has been selected by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and MSD Animal Health to receive of a scholarship of US$5000 to assist with her pursuit of her studies at the University of the West Indies School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Augustine, Trinidad. She is one of eleven recipients from the Latin American region selected from a field of forty-six applicants.
MSD Animal Health and the WVA announced the 2016 scholarship programme in June of this year and this was circulated to Jamaica’s veterinary students through the Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association which is a WVA member association. There were three Jamaican applicants. The scholarship awardees were published on December 6, 2016
Ms. Green, who is a second year student and hails from Portmore, St. Catherine, is particularly interested in small ruminant (sheep and goat) medicine. She looks forward to coming home to make her contribution to the health sector and to becoming a JVMA member.
In 2015, through a Cabinet decision, the Ministry of Education ended its 85% subsidy of the tuition for new Jamaican veterinary students at the UWI-SVM, a subsidy that is still maintained for most tertiary students in Jamaica.
Ms. Green was one of the students who, on enrolling in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programme in 2015, were caught unaware by the Jamaican Government’s decision. Following public reaction in the local media and discussions betweeen the JVMA and the Ministry of Education, a Cabinet decision was taken to continue the subsidy for this last cohort of students through to their graduation. Each student must meet conditions stipulated by the Ministry to maintain his/her individual funding support. The ending of the subsidy went into effect for the 2016-17 academic year. As a result, the study of veterinary medicine at the University of the West Indies may now be out of reach for many prospective Jamaican students.
For Ms. Green, the scholarship award will assist significantly in covering the many costs associated with the DVM programme that are not covered by the subsidy.
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TRIBUTE TO A DOG
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
Writer's Credit:Unless otherwise stated, all articles on this page are written by Dr. Paul Cadogan.
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