A mini-symposium on prophylactic practices to avoid economic losses in poultry flocks was held on Thursday July 17, 2014 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. Sponsored by the Caribbean Broilers group, the meeting consisted of a series of presentations by poultry experts Dr. Wendy Witbeck and Dr. Carlos Gomez from IDEXX Laboratories covering the use of serological and other diagnostics for flock monitoring to aid in early detection and hopefully prevention of major disease problems.
The presentations included a review of Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), monitoring immunosuppressive disease (Infectious Bursal Disease, Chick Anemia Virus) and the use of the Deventer formula to devise vaccination strategies, developing a personalized baseline study for small and medium poultry enterprises, and the use of serological surveys to protect against economic losses. Brochures covering diagnostics from IDEXX Laboratories were distributed.
The primary atendees were veterinarians and laboratory technicians from the poultry industry and the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries. However a number of private veterinarians also took advantage of the opportunity for continuing education.
The symposium began at about 4:00 pm and concluded at about 8:00 pm. These hours were chosen to facilitate "after work" attendance by the participants.
Four Continuing Veterinary Medical Education credits were awarded to each of the veterinarians present.
Some protected Jamaican Species: Top Left: Yellow-billed Parrots, Top right: Black-billed Parrot, Bottom left: Jamaican Boa, Bottom right: Olive-throated Parakeet, Courtesy Dr. Susan Koenig
Dr. Darrel Styles
The wildlife public seminar and workshop organized by the Windsor Research Centre was held at the Hope Zoo on May 28 and 29, 2014 respectively. Sponsored by the US-based MacArthur Foundation, the events were well attended by veterinarians, environmental personnel and wildlife enthusiasts and provided a wealth of information for a maximum of 6.5 Continuing Veterinary Medical Education credits for the veterinarians in attendance.
Dr. Darrel Styles, a Senior Staff Veterinarian from the USDA who is an expert in avian infectious and metabolic diseases, conservation and management, covered the important infectious diseases of Psittacines with particular emphasis on how disease can be spread during the course of conservation efforts.
Dr. Jim Wellehan, an Assistant Professor from the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine who is specialist in Zoological Medicine and Microbiology, presented on the evolutionary ecology of reptiles and the diseases affecting them.
Dr. Nancy Lung, Director of Veterinary Services at the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas, who travels to Jamaica annually to carry out health screening for the Jamaican iguana rehabilitation programme known as "Head Start", gave a presentation on that programme, covering it's history, procedures and current status.
Dr. Susan Koenig, Director of Research at the Windsor Research Centre in Trelawny, who has studied Jamaica's wildlife including birds, reptiles, bats and crabs, presented three topics - an example of how disease can affect conservation efforts (Thick-billed Parrot re-introduction in Arizona), the genetics of the Jamaican Boa Constrictor and our parrots, and guidelines for the placement of confiscated animals.
Mr. Brent Newman, who has just successfully completed his Masters degree in Range and Wildlife Management at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, presented the findings of the research for his thesis - Jamaican Boa translocations, which was conducted at the Windsor Research Centre during a 10-month stay in Jamaica.
Dr. Jim Wellehan
Dr. Nancy Lung
SMALL RUMINANT WORKSHOP - Sunday August 18, 2013
The Small Ruminant Workshop, organized by the Education & Research Committee of the JVMA, took place on the above date at the Ebony Park H.E.A.R.T. Academy in Toll Gate Clarendon. It was attended by a strong contingent of veterinarians, animal health technicians, veterinary assistants, agricultural extension personnel and farmers.
The programme opened with a general session which included presentations by JVMA President Dr. Robert Thomas (Small Ruminant Husbandry) and Mr. Albert Fearon of C.A.R.D.I. (the Small Ruminant Industry in Jamaica). The proceedings then broke into two lecture streams, one catering to veterinarians and the other to technical and field personnel and farmers. Presenters included special guest Professor Lionel Dawson from the United States (Preventative Health Care/Early Disease Recognition, Small Ruminant Medicine & Surgery), Dr. Tanika Dennie (Small Ruminant Nutrition), Dr. Gabrielle Young (Reproduction & Artificial Insemination) and Dr. Paul Cadogan (Small Ruminant Medicine in Jamaica). There was a farm session in which techniques of physical examination, injection and blood collection were demonstrated.
All delegates received Certificates of Participation giving five Continuing Education credit hours.
Sponsors included Lasco Distributors and Jamaica Broilers/Hi-Pro Farm Supplies.
It is envisaged that there will be two seminars of this kind held annually to assist Jamaican veterinarians in securing the required CE credits for annual practice licence renewal. The organizing committee members were Dr. Rayon Gregory (chairman), Dr. Sasha Halsall, Dr. Matthew Brown and Dr. Sarah Wilkinson-Eytle.