Request for Comments
USDA APHIS - Draft 'Emerging Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Plan
USDA APHIS Draft 'Emerging Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Plan' Released - APHIS Veterinary Services (VS) is seeking public comments on its draft plan which "... describes the processes by which VS will identify, evaluate, and respond to emerging diseases in animal populations ..." - The framework for this plan was "... outlined in 2014 in the APHIS concept paper, 'Veterinary Services Proposed Framework for Response to Emerging Animal Diseases in the United States' ...."
Comments Due By: November 1, 2016
Source: September 12, 2016 USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Stakeholder Registry e-mail update, titled "'Emerging Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Plan” Available for Review and Comment' :
The August 2016 USDA APHIS "Emerging Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Plan"
The July 2, 2014 USDA APHIS "Veterinary Services Proposed Framework for Response to Emerging Animal Diseases in the United States":
Contact: Questions may be directed to USDA APHIS by e-mail at : VS.SPRS.Feedback@APHIS.USDA.gov
2017 AQUAVET® I & II & III
Animal Health Stakeholder Webinar Series
The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University is pleased to announce the 2017 AQUAVET® I, II & III course offerings. They are aquatic veterinary medicine education programs that currently consist of two courses that will be presented at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI in June 2015 and one on aquarium medicine held in three venues.
AQUAVET® I: An Introduction to Aquatic Veterinary Medicine is a 4-week course (28 May - 24 June 2017) intended primarily for veterinary students.
AQUAVET® II: Comparative Pathology of Aquatic Animals is a 2-week course (28 May - 10 June 2017) that is oriented toward the pathology of diseases of aquatic invertebrates and fish that are used in biomedical research, encountered in display aquaria and are of importance in commercial aquaculture.
AQUAVET® III: Clinical Aspects of Captive Aquatic Animal Medicine is a 5 week course (following AQUAVET® I – 25 June to 30 July 2017) and is limited to a small number of students. The venues include GA Aquarium, U of GA and Dolphinaris, Cancún, México.
Veterinary students can receive credits for the courses and graduate veterinarians can receive CE credits.
More detailed information and applications for admission (due by January 15, 2017) are available on the web site www.aquavet.org.
October 20 to November 15, 2016
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Division of Animal Systems
Animal Health Stakeholder Webinar Series will be hosted from October 20 to November 15, 2016 by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Division of Animal Systems, in conjunction with the Agricultural Research Services’ (ARS) Animal Health program in order to "... identify, discuss, and prioritize the most pressing animal health research needs of stakeholders ... Each webinar will focus on a different animal industry or cross-cutting topics: Aquaculture; Goats; Specialty Farm Species; Beef; Poultry-Layers/Breeders; Swine; Dairy; Poultry-Broiler/Meat; Cross-cutting: Animal Wellbeing; Equine; Sheep; Cross-cutting: Microbiome ..."
The Aquaculture webinar will be held on Tuesday, Nov 1 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm EST. Dr. Marta Gomez-Chiarri, University of Rhode Island, and Dr. Ronald Thune, Louisiana State University will be hosting the webinar.
Comments Due By: September 30, 2016
September 1, 2016 USDA NIFA Update Bulletin:
Additional information about the Webinar Series, including Registration: http://nifa.usda.gov/animal-health-stakeholder-webinar-series
Contact: Questions may be directed to USDA NIFA by e-mail:Animal.Health@NIFA.USDA.gov
Sept 7, 2016
AQUI-S20E: Immediate Release of Marine Finfish
Authorization for Immediate Release of Marine Finfish After Exposure to AQUI-S20E
Friends, Partners and Colleagues:
Good news! We received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine for the immediate release of marine finfish for field based fishery management activities under INAD 11-741. This means all freshwater AND marine finfish that are sedated with AQUI-S20E at 10-100 mg/l fro up to 15 minutes as part of field-based fishery management activities, may be released immediately after treatment. Hatchery use, for both freshwater and marine fish, stillhas a 72 hour withdrawal period; however fish that are illegal for harvest may be released immediately.
All AQUI-S20E work must be done under the appoved INAD (11-741). Please contact Bonnie Johnson (email@example.com) to sign-up to use AQUI-S20E.
Mention of trade names or commercial products does not imply recommendations or endorsements by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership Program.
Molly P. Bowman
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service AADAP
Sept 12, 2016
Authorization for New INAD 12-781: Erymicin 200 injection (Erythromycin)
Friend, Partners, and Colleagues:
We recently received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine for new INAD 12-781 for the use of erythromycin (Erymicin 200 Injection) treatment to control bacterial kidney disease (BKD: causative agent Renibacterium salmoninarum) in salmonids. More specifically, Erymicin 200 Injection treatment may be used to 1) control mortality caused by BKD in salmonid species, and 2) reduce or minimize R. Salmoninarum levels in BKD positive female salmonid broodstock in order to control (prevent) the vertical transmission of R. Salmoniarum to eggs/progeny.
For more information on Erymicin 200Injection INAD 12-781, please visit the AADAP website or contact Bonnie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Molly P. Bowman
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service AADAP
Request for Applications
HHS National Institutes of Health and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Dual Purpose Agricultural Farm Animal/Human Health Research Grant Funding
Dual Purpose Agricultural Farm Animal/Human Health Research Grant Funding Applications are sought by the HHS National Institutes of Health and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture for studies that "... utilize agriculturally important domestic animal species to improve human health through the advancement of basic and translational research deemed highly relevant to both agricultural and biomedical research. This initiative is designed to facilitate and encourage comparative medicine research studies through the careful selection and refinement of farm animal models that mimic human developmental, physiological and etiological processes to better understand the biology of fertility and infertility, normal and abnormal metabolism, developmental origin of diseases, and improve prevention and treatment of infectious diseases in both human and agriculturally important domestic animals. The anticipated outcomes include both the elucidation of fundamental information relevant for the improvement of human health and an increase in food animal production and improvement in animal health and product quality. It is envisioned that each application will address mission-relevant areas of both agencies ..." - Eligible applicants include: State and local governments; State and private institutions of higher education; and for profit and nonprofit organizations.
Document Title: The title of the July 12, 2016 joint HHS NIH/USDA NIFA Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement is "Dual Purpose with Dual Benefit: Research in Biomedicine and Agriculture Using Agriculturally Important Domestic Animal Species (R01)"
Background: Go to the full announcement for additional information and details: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-366.html
Applications Due By: * Letter of Intent Due Date(s): 30 days prior to the application due date
* Application Due Date(s): September 27, 2017; September 27, 2018
Questions may be directed to the following Scientific/Research Contact(s):
* Ravi (Neelakanta) Ravindranath, DVM, PhD who is with the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at 301 435 6889; e-mail: Ravindrn@mail.NIH.gov
* Mark Mirando, PhD who is with the Institute of Food Production and Sustainability of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture at 202 401 4336; e-mail: MMirando@NIFA.USDA.gov
Merck Animal Health and GlobalVetLINK have partnered to
develop Aquaflor eVFD's
Merck Animal Health and GlobalVetLINK have partnered to develop an innovative, user-friendly electronic solution for creating, issuing, and retaining Aquaflor® Veterinary Feed Directives (VFDs). Aquaflor VFDs can be created electronically and managed through a GlobalVetLINK account in the FeedLINK system.
Benefits of FeedLINK include:
1. Proven electronic VFD system
2. Simplified VFD compliance for all parties with streamlined communication
3. Meet 2-year record retention requirements using secure storage and flexible search
4. Ability to maintain non-VFD feed-grade antibiotic records
5. Electronic signature signing, date & time stamping, and retention of eVFD’s for 2 years. Electronic signatures are compliant with 21 CFR part 11 regulations.
6. Store and maintain animal owner and animal location(s) information
7. FeedLINK training and customer support is available via phone, email and webinars
8. FeedLINK Aquaflor eVFD’s will be free of charge through December 31, 2016. If all of your time is spent in the aquaculture industry, FeedLINK Aquaflor eVFD’s will be free of charge through May 31, 2017.
The FeedLINK system works best with the most current versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. Use with Safari is not recommended. The GlobalVetLINK website can be viewed at www.globalvetlink.com
If you would like to use this system to prepare, sign, distribute, and retain Aquaflor eVFD’s, simply go here https://www.globalvetlink.com/products/feedlink/ and follow the instructions. Please indicate on the form that your intended use of the account is to prepare Aquaflor eVFD’s. You will be notified via e-mail once your account has been set-up and activated. You will also be notified of training options & events.
If you would rather email or fax your forms, or you have any questions regarding VFDs, eVFDs, or GlobalVetLINK’s FeedLINK system please feel free to call (515-836-8701) or e-mail me (Dr. Tom Kniffen) or contact GlobalVetLINK directly.
Radiographs courtesy of Dr. Shane Boylan, South Carolina Aquarium
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Recap of the 22nd Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop
The 22nd Annual Aquaculture Drug Approval Coordination Workshop (Workshop) was held on June 9-10 in conjunction with the 57th Western Fish Disease Workshop and American Fisheries Society Fish Health Section Executive Committee and Business Meetings. Click here for recap
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute Aquaculture Research Program - Use of an Alternative Anesthetic, Aqui-S 20E, in Marine Fish and Elasmobranchs.
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UPCOMING EVENTS & CONFERENCES
Aquaculture America, Feb 19-22, 2017, San Antonio, TX More Info
Midwest Veterinary Conference, Feb 23-26, 2017, Columbus Ohio, More info