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Flu vaccinations protect your poultry too
The human flu season is peaking later than normal this
year. The Minnesota Department of Health
says there is still plenty of vaccine available and recommends
vaccination. The vaccine is effective
against the H1N1 strain, which can be transmitted between humans and
animals. It is also the predominant
strain circulating in people this spring.
Vaccinating farm workers, especially those working with
swine or poultry, is an important preventative measure. If workers do become ill with flu symptoms,
they are encouraged to stay home to stop the spread. The Minnesota Department of Health encourages
vaccines for healthy humans and animals. Visit the MDH
website to learn about influenza and vaccinations.
New Executive Director selected: June start date
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health recently interviewed candidates
for an Executive Director and State Veterinarian to succeed Dr. Bill Hartmann
following his retirement in early June. The Board is pleased to announce Dr. Beth Thompson
as their selection. She accepted the offer and will
work with Hartmann during his final weeks to ensure a smooth transition of leadership at the Board. Congratulations to Beth on her selection and acceptance of the position.
She is currently an Assistant Director at the Board
and primarily oversees the swine and emergency planning operations. She
earned her DVM and swine medicine certification from the University of
Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. After graduation, she spent
more than a year as a swine production system veterinarian for Holden Farms in
Approved shortage areas in Minnesota for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program
The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP)
will help qualifying veterinarians pay off college loan debt from an available
$4.4 million fund in 2016. This program addresses two needs in the veterinary industry. First, the average
veterinarian graduates with more than $135,000 in loan debt, and second, many rural
areas of the U.S. are underserved by veterinarians. This program helps address both issues by pairing doctors where they're needed most.
The VMLRP helps qualified veterinarians repay
their student loans in exchange for working in defined shortage areas around
the country. Shortage areas are broken
down into different levels of need from Type 1 to Type 3. Loan repayments may reach up to $25,000 per
person each year of their agreement. This annual application period closes May 20, 2016 and offers will be
made to qualifying veterinarians in September. A map of the areas open in Minnesota and an application link are
available from the USDA.
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Novel Swine Enteric Coronavirus Diseases (SECD) reimbursement deadline approaching
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
(APHIS) is paying for SECD testing until April 30, 2016. Samples received by the April 30 deadline and
billed to Veterinary Services by June 30, 2016 qualify for reimbursement. After that date, the $26.2 million of
emergency funding supporting those tests, will be depleted.
Although the USDA emergency funding is running out and
reimbursements will cease, producers can still run diagnostic testing in their
swine at their own cost. Veterinary
Services plans to host discussions with producers and stakeholders to figure
out the future of the SECD program.
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Quarterly Board Meeting Minutes: February, 2016
The following agenda items were covered at the February meeting of the Board:
- A proposed PRRS and PED project with the Pork Producers.
- Budget and legislative session update.
- Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
- USDA update.
- Swine Vesicular Virus.
- Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza.
- Dog and Cat Breeder Inspection Program.
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