Veterinary Services' Current Swine Activities and Updates Troy Bigelow, DVM, USDA, APHIS, VS, NCAHP, outlines the major swine health surveillance initiatives that are in play. Diseases, like pseudorabies and swine brucellosis, are monitored on a regular basis. Tool have been developed to identify hotspots, risks are assessed, and communications integration with other organizations is setup. Improvements have been identified and resources (dollars and people) are continuously being worked on.
Being Prepared For Anything Ms. Cindy Cunningham, Assistant Vice President of Communications, National Pork Board, helps explain plans in place to allow the pork industry to function if there is a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak. Ms. Cunningham also highlights the research on vaccinations in progress and what role communication plays in the event of a crisis.
If Not Vaccination, Then What? James Roth, DVM, Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health and Executive Director, Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics, Iowa State University, talks specifically about foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccinations: its availability, effectiveness, and limitations. Dr. Roth uses the lessons learned from porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) to highlight approaches to handling animal diseases: what works and what needs adjusting.
Risk, Perception, & Its Research Amy Delgado, DVM, Veterinary Epidemiologist, Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health, USDA, APHIS, VS, STAS, talks about the state of the art in understanding risk perception. Dr. Delgado also presents information about producer cooperation / risk perception and touches on research (with case studies) that is being done.
Global Trade & Risk Thomas Kasari, DVM, Analytical Epidemiologist/Risk Assessment, Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health, USDA, APHIS, VS, STAS, is involved in the global channels that look at animal health risk analysis and assessments. Dr. Kasari talks about the methodologies used and how they are developed.
Virus Path To Farm Lisa Ferguson, DVM, National Director, Policy Permitting and Regulatory Services, APHIS, VS, National Import Export Services, shares an update on the Pathways Analysis Project, which is looking for potential pathways for exotic viral pathogens to come into the USA. The goal is to estimate the likelihood that each identified pathway may introduce exotic viral pathogens of swine into the USA.
Turning Prejudice into Policy Dr. Mark Walton, Chief Marketing Officer, Recombinetics, challenges the audience to fight against the prejudicious that exist against modern livestock production practices that masquerade as caution, or, says Dr. Walton, be forced to use production practices used by our grandfathers.
Forty Years of PCV Dr. Brian Payne, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc, provides a crash course into porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2). Dr. Payne points out the history of porcine circovirus and what has occurred over the 40 years of PCV in terms of vaccination processes.
Research Mind Set on PRRS Dr. Bob Rowland, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, offers his view that there will never be a magic bullet to conquer PRRS. Instead he has set forth to figure out how to claim back more pigs from the 10%+ lost production pigs PRRS claims.
Understanding the Infection Chain Dr. David Baumert, Cargill Pork, shares how the research on circovirus are being conducted. Dr. Baumert explains the infection chain and then outlines approaches to understanding infections in production herds.