THEME: Antimicrobial Resistance - from Awareness to Action
JVMA President's Message
As we celebrate World Veterinary Day 2017, the Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association joins the world in focusing on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), moving from awareness to action. The awareness needed by human and veterinary medical professionals and the general public in the use of antibiotics and other antimicrobials to prevent further development of resistant bacteria. The risk of not being able to find an antibiotic to treat animals and humans has brought the concept of One Health again to the fore. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for humans have had no choice but to form a holistic and multisectoral approach to combat this growing threat.
Resistant bacteria which arise in animals, humans and the environment don’t recognise geographic or animal/human borders and can spread quickly worldwide due to global travel. So, in moving forward to combat this threat, we need to ensure that antibiotics are used prudently and responsibly. Ongoing education is also needed not only for medical professionals but for the general public to ensure that antimicrobial agents continue to be effective and useful to treat and prevent diseases in animals and humans.
Moving from awareness to action is always a challenge when multi-disciplinary groups come together to work for a common goal. Fortunately, thus far we have all been working harmoniously to achieve the common goal of developing a National Plan of action.
In closing I would like to thank all the members of the JVMA and stakeholders for their continued support of the Association and my Presidency as it comes to a close.
Dr. Kevin Walker
President, JVMA April 29, 2017
MESSAGE FROM THE HON. KARL SAMUDA, MINISTER OF INDUSTRY,COMMERCE, AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES. CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW.
MESSAGE FROM CHIEF VETERINARY OFFICER DR. OSBIL WATSON. CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW.
WORLD VETERINARY ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT DR. RENEE CARLSON. CLICK THE ABOVE PHOTO FOR AN EXTRACT FROM THE WVA POLICY ON AMR.
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By Dr. Robert Thomas
The use and abuse of drugs designed to kill harmful microorganisms has contributed to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) so that the drugs are no longer effective in killing these microorganisms.
Microbes achieve this through three main ways: firstly by producing enzymes that destroy the drug; secondly, by preventing the drug from getting inside their structure by changing the shape of drug attachment sites (drug receptors) which are particular protein configurations on their cell wall to which the drug can attach; and finally by changing the permeability of their cell membrane thus keep out the drug.
Careless use of drugs such as antibiotics has contributed to more microorganisms capable of defending themselves against administered antibiotics that previously killed or inhibited them. So called ‘SUPERBUGS’ are now reality for which there are either no, or very few pharmaceuticals capable of killing them.
Examples of such suberbugs include Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL) Escherichia coli and Klebsiella sp., and resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (the organism causing Tuberculosis) which is resistant to the drugs rifampicin and isoniazid.
JAMAICA SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
DENBIGH VETERINARY CLINIC
BRYAN'S VETERINARY CLINIC
Blessings for Pets Church Service at Christ Church, Vineyard Town, Sunday, May 7, 2017
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"DOGGIE DAY" at HI-PRO - April 29, 2017
Hi-Pro Farm Supplies organized another "Doggie Day" event for World Veterinary Day. Veterinarians, support staff, groomers and trainers were on hand to give TLC to our canine friends! Many thanks to Hi-Pro for the support for World Veterinary Day!
Dr. Renee Robinson
L-R Drs Lenworth McCalla, Oshane McHugh & Kirk Michael Harris
Dr. Kirk Michael Harris
Trainer Anthon Lyew (right) gives tips for dealing with behaviour issues