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WORLD VETERINARY DAY 2015
World Veterinary Day 2015 was observed worldwide on Saturday, April 25, 2015 under the theme: “Vector-borne Diseases with Zoonotic Potential”. World Veterinary Day is an annual event scheduled on the last Saturday in April by the World Veterinary Association (WVA).
Vector-borne diseases are those that are transmitted between their human or animal hosts by another living organism, usually an arthropod such as a mosquito, fly, flea or tick. The most striking example of such a disease in Jamaica at this time is Chikungunya, transmitted by Aedes aegypti and albopictus mosquitoes.
Many vector-borne diseases around the world are zoonotic, meaning they infect both animals and humans. Some can be very debilitating or even deadly. The JVMA's World Veterinary Day Gleaner Supplement, which will seek to educate the public on the vector-borne zoonotic diseases that occur locally and around the world, was published on Sunday, April 26th, 2015.
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CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR WORLD VETERINARY DAY 2015 PAGE AND READ THE ARTICLES IN THE SUPPLEMENT.
JVMA World Vet Day Race at Caymanas Park April 26, 2015,
Horses gather at the starting gate for the 2015 JVMA trophy race. Photos courtesy Dr. Sophia Ramlal.
Another World Veterinary Day weekend has seen the running of a race at Caymanas Park in tribute to the Jamaican veterinary community. The Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association World Veterinary Day Trophy Race was run at 1:45 PM on Sunday April 26, 2015, and saw Shining Light (Shamaree Muir, jockey) romping his way to victory over the field. Second, third and fourth went to Turbo Machine Cat (C. Lynch), Wings of Hope (O. White) and Pizzaro (O. Walker) respectively.
A number of veterinarians were on hand for the presentation of the trophy by JVMA President Dr. Kevin Walker to owner and trainer Mr. Gary Griffiths. Shining Light is a 3 year old chestnut colt out of Seeking the Glory, out of Bachelor of Arts by Maverick.
The JVMA wishes to thank Caymanas Track Ltd. for the yearly recognition given to World Veterinary Day.
Presentation of the Trophy: JVMA President Dr. Kevin Walker (centre left) holds the JVMA trophy with Shining Light's owner and trainer Gary Griffiths (centre right). Other veterinarians present: Dr. Graham Brown, Dr. Cliff Bradford, Dr. Ryan Knott and Dr. Kareen Robinson
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DISEASE OF THE WEEK
Dog to Human transmission of Pneumonic Plague in the US
The United States Centers for Disease Control has announced that last year, four people in the US state of Colorado contracted the Plague in its pnemonic form, all being traced back to a single infected dog - the first time that dog to human transmission of this bacterial infection has been documented.
The dog, a Pitbull Terrier was euthanized at a veterinary facility last summer after suffering a severe respiratory infection, including hemoptysis (coughing up blood). Four days later the dog's owner became acutely ill with similar symptoms and was hospitalized, but the cause was misdiagnosed by the hospital's automated laboratory system as a Pseudomonas species.
When two kennel attendants and the owner's girlfriend became ill, and samples from the dog were tested, Yersinia pestis infection - pneumonic plague - was diagnosed. All four people were successfully treated. It is possible that the transmission to the owner's girlfriend was human-to-human.
This revelation comes hard on the heels of the publication of Dr, Roxanne Bennett's article entitled "The Plague is silll around" in the JVMA's World Veterinary Day 2015 Newspaper Supplement in the Sunday Gleaner of April 26, 2015.
For the CDC Report on this case, please click HERE.
CANINE INFLUENZA H3N2 SPREADS IN THE U.S.
A new strain of Canine Influenza - H3N2 - has been spreading rapidly in the United States Mid-west - with as many as 1,000 cases reported in dogs in the Chicago area. This strain has also reportely affected cats.
H3N2 is an Asian flu strain, distinct from the H3N8 strain that has been circulating in the US since 2004. There is a vaccine for the latter, but it uncertain (and unlikely) that it can offer any protection against the new strain. Diagnostics specific to H3N2 are under development.
The clinical picture and epidemiology for the two strains are similar, as is treatment. There is no evidence of dog to human transmission, although this situation is being monitored.
There is NO evidence of Canine Flu in Jamaica.
Click here for information from the United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Highly Pathogenic Avain Influenza H5N2 outbreak in the USA
Dr. Sophia Ramlal (left) Chairperson of the Jamaica Veterinary Board's Continuing Education Accreditation Committee, receives a laptop computer from JVB Chairman Dr. Osbil Watson (2nd right) while Registrar Mrs. Claudette Phipps (2nd left) and Recording Secretary Debbie Watson (right) look on.
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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.
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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