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Upcoming GENERAL MEETING: Sunday October 5, 2014 - 12: 30 PM Liguanea Club
Two scientific presentations will be made, providing Continuing Education Credits. PLEASE BE ON TIME as attendance for the CE presentations will be strictly monitored for the awarding of credits. The presentations will NOT be delayed.
Please contact the Secretary to confirm your attendance at email@example.com or 926-5060. Thanks and see you there!
DISEASE OF THE WEEK
NEW! The Disease of the Week feature will highlight a disease of interest which may occur locally or anywhere in the world.
CANINE DISTEMPER REVISITED
Click on the above image for more detailed information on Canine Distempter
Canine Distemper is an "old" disease that was once diagnosed with a fair frequency. Despite long being superseded by Parvovirus as THE top canine viral disease in our practices, and suppressed by vaccination, Distemper still persists and will be encountered from time to time.
Distemper is a highly contagious, debilitating, multisystemic viral disease of carnivores including dogs, ferrets, raccoons, lions and ocelots. The virus is an RNA Morbillivirus loosely related to the human measles virus and the rinderpest virus of ruminants.
The distribution is worldwide and domestic dogs are considered important reservoirs. The highest incidence of disease is found in young (2-6 months old) unvaccinated dogs. All body secretions and excretions of infected animals are infectious. Transmission is primarily via inhalation of aerosolized body secretions or contact with fomites. Transplacental infection may occur rarely. Recovered animals may shed the canine distemper virus (CDV) for 1-2 weeks post recovery but rarely 60-90 days post recovery.
Clinical signs observed are variable and may be general/non-specific, respiratory, gastrointestinal, ocular and neurological. While no specific therapy exists, treatment is attempted via supportive and symptomatic care.
Prevention is best done through vaccination of young pups from 6 weeks until 16 weeks of age with the CDV modified live virus and yearly boosters for adults.
For details on Canine Distemper, please click on the photograph to the left.
Acknowledgements: Dr. Roxanne Bennett, Dr. Kareen Robinson
FAREWELL Dr. Lloyd Turner 1924 - 2014
September 28, 2014
One of Jamaica's most accomplished veterinarians and exceptional scientific minds, Dr. Lloyd Everett Turner, was laid to rest on Saturday September 27, 2014. Though Dr. Turner spent his latter years very quietly, away from the activities of today's veterinary world, he was a classic all-rounder in his days of practice, pursuing and achieving excellence in all he did.
Dr. Turner was a 1961 graduate of Tuskegee University's School of Veterinary Medicine, and spent much of his career with the Veterinary Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, taking on roles from Parish Veteinary Officer, Regional Veterinary Officer (1978) to Acting Director of Veterinary Services (1984). He had a long list of accomplishments, including, among many others, an Upjohn awards for outstanding performance in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, development of a surgical technique for the correction of vaginal prolapse in cattle, the development of a vaccine for colibacillosis in pigs. He was a recipent of the Prime Minister's Award.
Dr. Turner was the uncle of the JSPCA's senior veterinarian Dr. Paul Turner.
Dr. Lloyd Everett Turner - 1924 - 2014 - May he Rest in Peace.
Dr. Lloyd Turner
Dr. Patrick Craig completes PhD at University of Liverpool
Dr. Patrick Craig with his Thesis: The effects of the abortifacient parasite, Neospora caninum on bovine foetuses in early and late gestation.
September 27, 2014
Jamaican veterinarian Dr. Patrick Craig has successfully defended his thesis on "the effects of the abortifacient parasite, Neospora caninum on bovine foetuses in early and late gestation" at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Craig, a 2009 graduate of the People's Friendship University of Russia (PFUR) in Moscow, Russia, was one of five recipients of the 2010 Commonwealth Scholarship and chose the University of Liverpool as the institution at which he would pursue his dream of becoming a pathologist. "My goal since year 3 of vet school was to be a pathologist, because I simply fell in love with it and I think I was just good at the thing. I was initially given the Royal Veterinary College in London to read for the PhD, but then I found out that one of the best pathologists in the country was at Liverpool, so I turned down RVC and applied for UoL."
It was a tough road - four years of hard work, long hours and determination - which led to this moment of triumph and satisfaction for Dr. Craig. "I sacrificed all my time (play and rest time) to make sure that my work would be exceptional. I even got to present it to the rest of the world at an international conference in Perth, Australia and all the great Prof. and Doctors were well pleased to see a piece of work with a different approach. I successfully defended my thesis August 29th, 2014 after a gruelling 4 hour exam. My examiners praised the thesis for its uniqueness and that gave me the extra confidence that I can now work independently and produce meaningful results of the highest quality. The final step on this journey is simply to collect the piece of paper in the December graduation, as life as a PhD student is no more."
Though life as a PhD student is now a thing of the past, Dr. Craig has his sights set on further achievements and intends to work towards Board Certification by the European College of Veterinary Pathology.
Congratulations Patrick from all your Jamaican colleagues and friends!
NOTE: Dr. Craig's Thesis abstract will be posted on this website in the near future as we will feature Neospora caninum as a "Disease of the Week".
L-R: Dr. Emanuele Ricci, neuropathologist, Liverpool (internal examiner), Prof. Diana Williams, Veterinary Parasitologist (supervisor), Dr. Patrick Craig (candidate) Damer Blake, Molecular Parasitologist, Royal Veterinary College (external examiner)
Treasure Beach Community Spay-Neuter Clinic September 20 & 21, 2014
September 27, 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 one volunteer vet having to cancel particpation having been struck down by the Chikungunya virus.
The final report on the clinic is pending and will be posted as soon as it is available.
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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Writer's Credit:Unless otherwise stated, all articles on this page are written by Dr. Paul Cadogan.
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