Ohio ADDL March 2020 Newsletter

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Ohio Department of Agriculture   -   MARCH 2020

In this issue

- Indiana and Ohio NPIP visit

- ODA at Midwest Veterinary Conference

- New Employees


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Indiana and Ohio NPIP Representatives Visit the ADDL

Anne Parkinson, BS, ADDL Serology Section Head 

On February 6th, the ADDL had the pleasure of hosting representatives of the Indiana and Ohio National Poultry Improvement Plan for their yearly audit of NPIP laboratory services. Welcomed to the laboratory were Chelsea Leatherman and Dr. Robert Kopp of Indiana, and Jenna Gregorich and Abbey Coyle from Ohio. Staff from the ADDL reviewed quality system requirements and NPIP program rules with our guests to verify and validate that the laboratory is meeting the standards of the program in both states.

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L to R: Kerri Lawrence (ADDL), Anne Parkinson (ADDL), Dr. Mike Kopp (Indiana State Board of Animal Health), Chelsie Leatherman (Indiana State Poultry Association), Abbey Coyle (NPIP), Dominika Jurkovic (ADDL), Jenna Gregorich (NPIP), Melanie Prarat (ADDL)


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Ohio Department of Agriculture Represented at Midwest Veterinary Conference in Columbus, Ohio – February 20-23, 2020

Three speakers from the ODA spoke at this year’s Midwest Veterinary Conference in Columbus, Ohio last month. Dr. Tony Forshey, State Veterinarian and Chief of the Division of Animal Health, presented current laboratory and field activities at the Department during the Public Health Session. He also presented emergency preparedness plans to combat African Swine Fever (ASF) should this severe foreign disease of swine appear in the United States. Dr. Forshey is a member of the national ASF Working Group addressing this important issue to the swine industry. Dr. David Frew, Veterinary Medical Officer in east central Ohio, presented information on the FDA / ODA cooperative agreement including details of antimicrobial stewardship, drug residue prevention in food animals and concerns regarding antimicrobial drug resistance. Dr. Jeff Hayes, veterinary pathologist at the ADDL, reviewed current trends in sheep and goat cases seen at the diagnostic laboratory over the last 3 years. The most common conditions seen were abomasal haemonchosis, intestinal coccidiosis and encephalitic listeriosis, and scattered cases of fetal deformities in association with Cache Valley Virus infection have occurred each of the last several years following an initial surge of cases in 2014. All three speakers were grateful to find their sessions to be well attended. Please call the ADDL at 614-728-6220 for more information on any of these topics.


Employee Updates

The ADDL welcomed two new additions to the team: Reid Neinast joined the Molecular Diagnostics Lab and Lauren Cain is our new Pathology Assistant. Melanie Prarat was also promoted to Microbiology Supervisor and Section Head of Central Receiving.

 

Reid Neinast

Reid Neinast graduated from The Ohio State University in 2011 with a BS in Molecular Genetics. After graduation, he joined a molecular biology laboratory at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, contributing to multiple human genetics studies. This is his first foray into the animal health world. Outside the lab, Reid is an avid sports fan, playing volleyball and tennis. He also spends most of his extra time enjoying the outdoors with his wife, two young kids (4 and 1), and his dog.

 

Lauren Cain

Lauren Cain, MS, is a graduate of Columbus State’s veterinary technology program and recently completed her Master’s in poultry welfare at the Ohio State University, where she studied the welfare implications of woody breast disease in broiler chickens. Lauren is passionate about accessible veterinary care and previously worked for Shelter Outreach Services of Ohio to provide high quality, low cost spay, neuter, and dental services. Lauren is also a board member and lead technician for Licking County Trap-Neuter-Return, a non-profit organization which provides free spay and neuter services for feral cat colonies with committed caregivers. Lauren and her husband raise French Alpine dairy goats on a small farm in Pataskala, and her extended family includes 40 goats, 2 horses, 4 dogs, 10 cats, and various pet poultry.

 

Melanie Prarat

Melanie Prarat, MS, became Section Head of Central Receiving last month. Melanie received her undergraduate degree in 2005 from Case Western Reserve University and her Master of Science in molecular genetics from University of Cincinnati in 2017. Between 2005 and 2009, Melanie worked for USDA ARS and APHIS at Plum Island Animal Disease Center, where she gained invaluable research experience working with rinderpest virus, classical swine fever virus, and veterinary diagnostics. Microbial select agent laboratory experience was further finessed during her time working at the Air Force Research Laboratory and EPA National Homeland Security Research Center, both in Cincinnati, Ohio, prior to joining the ADDL in 2014. Melanie's interests include swine RNA viruses, foodborne pathogens, and next generation sequencing. Outside of the lab, Melanie spends her time with her husband, two children, German Shepherd, and two cats.

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