IFEH/JAPHI One Health Conference, Montego Bay, October 23-25, 2017
Montego Bay, October 25, 2017
The International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) in collaboration with the Jamaica Association of Public Health Inspectors (JAPHI) held a One Health-themed conference at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort in St. James from October 23 - 25, 2017.
A host of international and local speakers and attendees enjoyed a variety of engaging presentations covering the interface of human and animal health and the environment. The sessions fell under the main headings of Chemicals, Occupational Health & Environmental Toxicology, One Health Education and Environmental Health Leadership, Food and Water Safety & Security, Air Quality, Zoonoses and Emegring Diseases.
Veterinarians played a significant role in the proceedings. One of the two keynote addresses was given by Professor Armando Hoet of the Ohio State University's School of Veterinary Medicine entitled "Does the Environment play a role in the spread of multi-drug resistant pathogens? Of Course!". Dr. Matthew Levine, a veterinarian in the United States Army gave a plenary on "Building food protection capability and capacity: A U.S. military approach to health-based partnerships".
Local veterinary speakers were Dr. Rayon Gregory of the Veterinary Services Division and Dr. Paul Cadogan. Dr. Gregory gave a plenary on One Health activities in Jamaica and the role of the VSD. He noted the long history of One Health initiatives here in Jamaica even before the term itself was coined, mentioning the building of veterinary public health in the Ministry of Health by the late Dr. Winston Schloss. Dr. Cadogan gave a presentation on screwworm myiasis which covered the disease in animals and humans.
The organisers expressed their appreciation for the role of the veterinary profession, stating that it was an eye-opener and they looked forward to greater collaboration and closer ties.
Dr. Rayon Gregory speaking at the IFEH/JAPHI One Health Conference
Dr. Paul Cadogan presenting on screwworm myiasis at the IFEH/JAPHI One Health Conference
Jamaica opens the door to Pet Travel.....conditions apply....
Kingston, October 2017
After many years of waiting, persons who wish to bring dogs and cats into Jamaica from countries other than the United Kingdom and Ireland will be able to do so, provided they meet the conditions for pet travel as set out in the revised Regulations that have been promulgated by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries as announced by Minister the Hon. Karl Samuda in September.
The lobbying process to bring about these changes officially began in February 2004 when the (then) Small Animal Veterinary Practitioners Association of Jamaica (SAVPAJ) convened a Veterinary Colloquium on the Movement of Companion Animals. Local and international speakers discussed the advancements that had been made in the control of major diseases of these animals, most notably rabies, and the changes that had resulted in the laws, regulations and policies of other rabies free countries such as the UK, the Cayman Islands and Barbados, with the introduction of “Pet Travel Schemes.”
Based on those findings, and against the backdrop of the dangerous apparent smuggling of dogs from unknown sources into Jamaica, the JVMA issued a position document in 2005, calling for the introduction of similar changes in Jamaica. The objective was to ensure the safe movement of these pets, through microchip identification, rabies vaccination and protective titre checks, relevant parasite treatments and health certification for freedom for any other diseases of concern. This also included the necessary policy changes regarding the importation of rabies vaccines, so they could be available for pets being exported as required by many countries, as well as for humans who work on the “front line” with at-risk domestic and wild animals.
In 2008, then Agriculture Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton formed a committee to explore the issue of the movement of companion animals as well as the stray and dangerous dog situations. The Committee was comprised of veterinarians from the JVMA, the Veterinary Services Division and the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) as well as the President of the Jamaica Kennel Club. In its report, the committee called for the laws and regulations to be changed in line with the Association’s position, as well as strengthening of legislation covering the keeping of dogs, among other things.
In 2012, under Agriculture Minister the late Roger Clarke, new regulations were passed which set out a specific process for the importation of dogs certified as “service” animals and greatly expanded the list of countries from which dogs could be imported. Unfortunately, a clause was retained that prevented “non-service” dogs from coming in from same places. This, therefore, did little to change the overall status quo, and resulted in continued distress for many pet owners, both locally an overseas.
Over time, other entities and individuals joined the lobbying cause – including returning residents, tourist industry stakeholders, diplomats, dog breeders, researchers and more – pushing for change to bring the country’s companion animal policies in line with 21st century medical science and technology. Change has finally come.
The new regulations come with a number of requirements for treatment, testing and certification for the animals being brought into the island. These, along with the list of countries can be viewed here.
JVMA EXECUTIVE - 2017-2018
JVMA Executive 2017-18 - Front and centre new President Dr. Nigel Elliott, to his right new Vice President Dr. Kareen Robinson, to her right, re-elected Secretary Dr. Julie-Anne Small and new Treasurer Dr. Judian Maye on the extreme right. Other members (L-R) Immediate Past President Dr. Kevin Walker, CVA/CbVMA Rep Dr. Sarah Wilkinson-Eytle, Sub-Committee chairpersons Drs. Jodie-Ann Clarke, John Josephs, Paul Cadogan, Ryan Chanona, Kerriel Green & Denise Cole. Missing: Assistant Secretary Dr. Roberta Harris-Daley. Click on the image for the Executive page.
At the Annual General Meeting of the JVMA, held at the Caymanas Golf & Country Club in St. Catherine on Sunday June 25th, 2017 a new Executive Committee was elected. The members are as follows:
President: Dr. Nigel Elliott
Vice-President: Dr. Kareen Robinson
Secretary: Dr. Julie-Anne Small
Assistant Secretary: Dr. Roberta Harris-Daley
Treasurer: Dr. Judian Maye
Immediate Past President: Dr. Kevin Walker
Nominations & Membership: Dr. Denise Cole
Judicial & Parliamentary: Dr. Ryan Chanona
Education & Research: Dr. Kerriel Green
Public Relations: Dr. Paul Cadogan
Ethics & Discipline: Dr. John Josephs
Rights & Welfare: Dr. Jodie-Ann Clarke
Commonweath Veterinary Association & Caribbean Veterinary Medical Association Representative:
Dr. Sarah Wilkinson-Eytle
The meeting was held under the kind sponsorship of Carribean Assurance Brokers Ltd. whose representatives gave a presentation on US-dollar based health insurance plans.
Two veterinarians inducted into the Jamaica Racing Commission's Hall of Fame
Dr. Clifford Bradford receives his Jamaica Racing Commission Hall of Fame Citation from colleague Dr. Sophia Ramlal.
June 22, 2017: Veterinarians Drs. St. Aubyn Bartlett and Clifford Bradford have been inducted into the Jamaica Racing Commission's Hall of Fame. This honour is bestowed from time to time on persons and horses who have made stellar contributions to the industry.
Dr. Bartlett was presented with his award by Mr. Kent Pantry, Chairman of the JRC's First Instance Tribunal while Dr. Bradford's was presented by his colleague and JRC Veterinarian Dr. Sophia Ramlal.
The JVMA heartily congratulates both veterinarians on this honour!
To read the Citations for each, please click on the images to the left and right.
Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett receives his Jamaica Racing Commission Hall of Fame Citation from JRC's First Instance Tribunal Mr. Kent Pantry.
Dr. Michael Motta is the JVMA's Veterinarian of the Year 2016
Dr. Michael Motta (left) receives his Veterinarian of the Year award from out-going JVMA President Dr. Kevin Walker.
At the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the JVMA, held on Sunday June 27, 2017, Dr. Michael Motta was awarded as the Association's Veterinarian of the Year 2016. Dr. Motta was chosen from a field of four nominees in a vote by the Association's membership.
His nomination was based on the following:
For his work in the area of Embryo Transfer achieving the first ever Jamaica Brahman ET calves born in January of this year with more born during the summer. His dedication to this overall ET project and the expertise he has developed is exemplary and is making a major contribution to the work of re-invigorating Jamaica's cattle breeds. (See article HERE from our 2016 World Veterinary Day Gleaner supplement)
For his dedication to the mentoring and support of veterinary students, and young veterinary graduates.
For his tireless devotion to his work - long hours, traveling far and wide around the island.
For his support of the Association's activities
Dr. Motta is a 1998 graduate of the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He worked with Windalco for several years and is now employed to the Jamaica Broilers Group of Companies.
Animal Health Matters is a new online resource that aims to educate and build greater awareness of the most pressing issues in animal and human health, including zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, global food security and the future role and health of companion animals. Factors such as the impact of global conflicts, trade, how healthier animals mean healthier families and the ongoing focus on zoonotic disease are all debated within the new, attractive and interactive online resource.
Animal Health Matters was produced by the HealthforAnimals, the global animal medicines association, and the World Veterinary Association, the global voice of the veterinary profession to recognize that the health of our pets, farm animals and wide range of wildlife, is inextricably tied up with the health and wellbeing of human beings all over the world.
Animal Health Mattersalso looks to the longer term with items such as ‘Five trends for the next five years’, which assess the impact of new and emerging factors influencing animal health. These ‘Five trends’ include factors such as better surveillance systems for disease threat identification, how portable technologies are helping to fill the void in information about the movement and emergence of livestock disease, and how the role of new technologies, such as satellite data and smart ear tagging, are helping developed and developing nation farmers detect disease sooner.
University of Florida ONE HEALTH Newsletter: CLICK HERE (Vol. 8: Issue 3)
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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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