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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.
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.
PORCINE EPIDEMIC DIARRHOEA
By Dr. Gillian Ellis
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) is an acute viral disease of the intestine of the pig. The disease was first diagnosed in Great Britain in 1971 and has been reported in most European countries and in Asia. The first reported occurrence of PED in this hemisphere was for confirmed cases in USA on May 16th, 2013. Since then the virus has spread to 30 states of the USA and to Canada, Colombia, Mexico and in the Caribbean, in the Dominican Republic. In early 2014, another related virus, Porcine Delta Coronavirus (PDCoV), was discovered in the USA.
NOTE: PED is NOT known to occur in Jamaica, but does occur in nearby countries. Any suspected cases should be immediately reported to the Veterinary Services Division.
EBOLA - A Global Public Health Emergency
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The Ebola Virus - Click on the image for our article on Ebola.
Chikungunya Virus - the Animal Connection
Due to the current situation with the introduction of the Chikungunya virus into Jamaica, this feature will, for the time being, remain on our home page for easy reference.
Chikungunya virus particles: The virus is an Alphavirus of the family Togaviridae (http://www.topnews.in/health/files/Chikv.jpg)
The Chikungunya virus which has been spreading through the Caribbean is primarily a clinical disease of humans, spread by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. It is believed to have emerged around 1952 in Tanzania, making the jump from chimpanzees to humans1. Subsequently, transmission became human to human via the mosquito vector. There is some evidence that non-human primates, rodents and some wild birds could potentially harbour the virus3.
Animal owners however can rest easy that their pets, livestock, horses etc. will not be at risk of illness.
Animal models, partcularly involving mice and non-human primates have been used to study the pathogenesis of the disease and in ongoing efforts to develop a vaccine2. There is currently no vaccine available and preventive measures are heavily based on vector control to limit transmission.
For more information on the Chikungunya Virus, please click the links to the left for fact sheets from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States.
Five veterinarians, all graduates of the University of the West Indies School of Veterinary Medicine at St. Augustine in Trinidad & Tobago, have recently been registered by the Jamaica Veterinary Board, having been successful in the July sitting of the National Examination for the Registration of Veterinarians and, subsequently, having completed the registration process.
They are Drs. Farrah Bailey, Ryan Chanona, Denise Cole, Terrina Jones and Kristin Moses. Dr. Chanona is from Trinidad & Tobago. Congratulations and welcome to all!
DR. KEVIN WALKER is the new JVMA President
Dr. Kevin Walker
New Executive elected at Annual General Meeting
The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association was held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at the Tree House meeting room at the Hope Zoo. The meeting saw the election of a new Executive Committee to conduct the Association’s business over the next twelve months.
The newly elected President is Dr. Kevin Walker, a 2008 graduate of the University of the West Indies School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Augustine, Trinidad. It is a historic moment for the JVMA as Dr. Walker is the first graduate from UWI-SVM – the first from any Caribbean veterinary school for that matter – to lead the Association. He works with the Jamaica Broilers Group.
Dr. Walker replaces Dr. Robert Thomas who, having led the JVMA for the past three years, had completed his term limit. Dr. Thomas automatically remains on the Executive for the coming year as Immediate Past President.
Returning to another term as Vice-President is Dr. John Josephs while former President Dr. Sarah Wilkinson-Eytle is once again in the post of Secretary, having held that position in the past. Assistant Secretary went to Dr. Julie-Anne Small and another former President, Dr. Graham Brown, took over the post of Treasurer from the long-serving Dr. Natalie Burnett.
Executive sub-committee chairpersons were elected as follows: Nominations & Membership - Dr Natalie Burnett, Rights & Welfare – Dr. Rayon Gregory, Judicial & Parliamentary – Dr. Kareen Robinson, Education & Research – Dr. Roxanne Bennett, Public Relations – Dr. Paul Cadogan. Dr. Wintorph Marsden remains as Commonwealth Veterinary Association representative.
The position of Ethics & Discipline Chairperson is vacant as the elected member subsequently indicated inability to accept the position due to personal circumstances.
FALMOUTH SPAY-NEUTER CLINIC
A free spay & neuter clinic was held in Falmouth, Trelawny on the weekend of June 21-22, 2014. An all-local cadre of veterinarians, veterinary technicians and volunteer staff gave their time and energy to assist with the control of the population growth of dogs and cats in the area.
The clinic was held at the Ellison Wakeland Community Centre, next door to the Falmouth Hospital. 100 dogs and 41 cats were spayed or neutered over the two days, with 21 of the cats being feral, trapped from three locations (Falmouth Hospital, Duncans-Silver Sands, Sunflower Inn, Runaway Bay).
Organized by Dr. Lesley Robson (US-based Jamaican veterinarian) and Pamela Lawson (Executive Director, JSPCA) with the support of eight local vets and a number of veterinary technicians and other support staff/volunteers, the clinic was the first to be carried out entirely without temporarily registered overseas volunteers since 2008.
For a list of sponsors, participating veterinarians, technicians and staff, plus a detailed breakdown of the animals that had surgery, please click on the PDF link to the left.
THE NEXT JSPCA SPAY NEUTER CLINIC WILL BE HELD IN TREASURE BEACH ST. ELIZABETH, SEPTEMBER 20 & 21, 2014. Click Here for Flyer.
POSITION PAPER ON ANIMAL WELFARE - CLICK ON LOGO ABOVE
WEEKLY DISEASE REPORT. Please click on the logo above to check on important infectious diseases occurring around the world
POSITION PAPER ON ONE HEALTH - CLICK ON LOGO ABOVE
Writer's Credit:Unless otherwise stated, all articles on this page are written by Dr. Paul Cadogan.
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