NIFA is awarding $2.3 million to relieve shortages of veterinary services in rural shortage areas. (National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA)
This post provides an overview of animal importations and discusses the public health implications. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
The USDA has confirmed the presence of New World screwworm in Key deer in Big Pine Key, FL, which marks the first infestation in more than 30 years. (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))
One Health is a partnership between the USDA, FDA, CDC, NIH, FWS, and tribal Nations to maintain or reduce health risks to animals, humans, the environment, and society. The information portal's focus is antimicrobial resistance, avian influenza, and swine influenza. (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))
A series of reports from NACCHO and FDA on the scoring, grading, and placarding systems used by domestic retail food regulatory programs. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
(United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))
The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility will research high-consequence biological threats involving zoonotic (i.e., transmitted from animals to humans) and foreign animal diseases. (Department of Homeland Security U.S.)
The National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases aims to prevent disease, disability, and death caused by emerging diseases (those that are new or just recently identified), and zoonotic diseases (those spread from animals to people). (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Wildlife disease news digest and surveillance of wildlife mortality events nationwide. (U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) U.S.)
The U.S. Public Health Service provides veterinarians an opportunity to serve as a Commissioned officer and pursue a One Health concept of medical care. The USPHS Veterinary Category provides officers opportunities in public health, epidemiology, food safety, laboratory animal medicine, veterinary pathology, and regulatory compliance and oversight. (U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS))
The VMD aims to protect public health, animal health, the environment, and promote animal welfare by assuring the safety, quality and efficacy of veterinary medicines. (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) UK)
FAO aims to prevention and control zoonoses and minimize the risk of contamination (biological, chemical and physical) entering the food chain trough animal products. (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO))
(Pan American Health Organization (PAHO))
Intergovernmental organization responsible for improving animal health worldwide.
(World Health Organization (WHO))
The Med-Vet-Net Association aims to promote scientific integration of medical, veterinary and food disciplines under the umbrella of One-Health.
This commission brings together the American Society for Microbiology, the American Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the Association of Academic Health Centers, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies cooperating across disciplines to achieve optimal health for people, domestic animals and wildlife.
(American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA))
USAHA is a science-based, non-profit, voluntary organization comprised of state and federal animal health officials, national allied organizations, regional representatives, and individual members. USAHA works with state and federal governments, universities, veterinarians, livestock producers, national livestock and poultry organizations, research scientists, the extension service and seven foreign countries to control livestock diseases in the United States. Website includes links to all the animal industry and species-specific veterinary associations as well as agencies and disease-specific information.
The Veterinary Public Health Special Primary Interest Group focuses on the interface of humans and animals; not just the diseases but the quality of life, health benefits and environmental health issues as well. (American Public Health Association (APHA))
The National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT) provides assistance in identifying the need for veterinary services following major disasters, emergencies, public health or other events requiring Federal support and in assessing the extent of disruption to animal and public health infrastructures. (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS (ASPR))
Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT) serve as first responders to ensure high-quality care of animals during disasters and emergencies. (American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA))
Sign up for email updates from APHIS. (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) USDA)
The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) is a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. It has several moderators for animal diseases and zoonoses and uses electronic communications to provide up-to-date news on disease outbreaks around the world.
Part of a nationwide strategy to coordinate the work of all organizations providing animal disease surveillance and testing services.
NARMS is a collaboration among Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (Center for Veterinary Medicine) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (Food Safety and Inspection Service and Agricultural Research Services) within the framework of FoodNet and CDC's Emerging Infections Program's Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Program. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
FSIS conducts tests for chemicals-including antibiotics, sulfonamides, and various other drugs, pesticides and environmental chemicals-in meat, poultry and egg products destined for human consumption. This site links to the sampling plan, the testing results and information on the tests used, as well as a list of violators. (Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA (FSIS))
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
(World Health Organization (WHO))
Animal health surveillance information for aquaculture, cattle, equine, poultry, sheep and goats, and swine. (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))
Includes state veterinary practice laws. Browse by Topic, Subject, Species or select laws by State or Federal categories. Some world laws are also included.
AVMA represents the interests of veterinarians on federal legislative and regulatory issues that influence animal health, public health and the veterinary profession. This sites provides summaries of selected AVMA policies, state veterinary medical associations, AVMA federal and state government relations contacts, comprehensive issue papers, and tools for effective advocacy efforts. (American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA))
(United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))
Contact information for the public health veterinarian for each state. (American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA))
Research publications including peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and posters describing CVM's research. (Food and Drug Administration (FDA))
The Biodefense Reference Library is a collaborative initiative of international medical, veterinary and scientific experts to share information and enhance academic discussion of issues associated with preparedness, response, mitigation and policy.
IVIS website provides free (registration required) access to original, up-to-date publications, proceedings of veterinary meetings, short courses, continuing education, an international calendar of veterinary events, image collections and much more.
Free full text of papers on a special issue (Volume 123, Number 3) focusing how public health and veterinary medicine interface to improve human health, animal health, and food safety. Copublished with the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.
This journal indexed by PubMed covers international research and developments in veterinary epidemiology, animal disease prevention and control, and animal health economics. Read abstracts online for free-subscription required to access full text.
Fee-based knowledge resource center for animal health and infectious diseases that includes many full text journals, conference proceedings and electronic books, as well as online expert forums for veterinarians.
Documents related to Veterinary Public Health including reports, proceedings, working papers, manuals, and other publications. (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO))
This 2005 report was produced by the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. (National Academies Press (NAP))
Public health and food safety are one of the areas highlighted in this 2005 report which discusses how veterinary research offers numerous opportunities for improving animal and human health. Pages 132-6 discuss the CDC's involvement in veterinarian training and research.
This web document outlines the complex consequences of animal diseases in domesticated birds and livestock and links to other relevant websites.
The seventh edition (2008) of the Committee on Foreign and Infectious Diseases of the United States Animal Health Association gray book. Over 400 pages including many color photographs.
This 96-page report was published in 2002 as number 907 in the WHO Technical Report Series. (World Health Organization (WHO))
A comprehensive report that attempts to define the nature, extent, scope, and implications of the "Livestock Revolution" in developing countries. (International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) USA)
This 2003 report was produced by the Board on Global Health of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. (National Academies Press (NAP))
This report published in the MMWR March 27, 2009;58(11):277-281 presents data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System All Injury Program. (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))
Harry Michael Chaddock developed this 25-page paper (n.d.) at the request of U.S. Senate staffers to show how veterinarians are involved in public health issues. (Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges)
Lonnie J. King, DVM wrote this article published in the MMWR December 22, 2006; 55(SUP02);7-9. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
CAPC, an independent industry-sponsored council established to create guidelines for the optimal control of internal and external parasites that threaten the health of pets and people. Brings together broad expertise in parasitology, internal medicine, public health, veterinary law, private practice and association leadership and provides consumer and practitioner information on separate websites. Some Spanish materials.
CONSULTANT is a veterinary diagnostic support system used to suggest possible causes for clinical signs and symptoms. It provides a brief synopsis of the cause including a general description, species affected, associated signs/symptoms, and literature references.
This information includes images, presentations, speaker's notes and a vaccine directory for diseases which are notifiable to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) as well as a number of zoonotic agents.
Information on zoonotic diseases or zoonoses, diseases caused by germs (pathogens) that can be spread between animals and humans. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Global disease alert map that brings together disparate data sources for a comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. Data is aggregated by disease and displayed by location with links to disease alerts. (Boston Children’s Hospital)
A global early warning system to detect and reduce the impacts of emerging diseases that move between wildlife and people (zoonotic diseases). (United States Agency for International Development (USAID))
Information about diseases people can catch from pets, farm animals, and wildlife. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Information about animal disease outbreaks and the measures to control them in the UK. (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) UK)
Edited by Susan E. Aiello, B.S., D.V.M., E.L.S. and published by Merck & Co., Inc. NJ, USA, the Manual is a free online browseable and searchable reference that describes many zoonotic diseases and provides a quick reference table of more than 200 Global Zoonoses with distribution, probable means of transmission and clinical manifestations in humans.
PANAFTOSA houses the Virtual Library in Veterinary Public Health (http://bvs.panaftosa.org.br/index.php?lang=en) and several information systems: the Epidemiological Information System SIEPI, the Epidemiological Surveillance System for Rabies in the Americas SIRVERA, and the Continental Epidemiological Surveillance System SIVCONT (production and training). It also offers events, which are routinely announced via the PANAFTOSA Regional Events Directory.
NACCHO works to increase the capacity of local health departments to address environmental health issues including vector control, integrated pest management, and infectious diseases related to rodents and other emerging vectors. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
Factsheets on diseases or infections which are naturally transmissible from vertebrate animals to humans. (World Health Organization (WHO))
The Atlas of Salmonella in the United States, 1968-2011, summarizes 42 years of laboratory-confirmed surveillance data on Salmonella isolates from humans. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Provides information on foodborne illness, outbreaks, and investigations. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
The Animal Disease Component of EMPRES offers information and maps about transboundary animal diseases that are among the most contagious and place a serious burden on the economies of the countries in which they occur. (United Nations)
Guidance materials on developing a food defense plan and training materials and podcasts for for front-line employees in the food and agriculture industry. (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))
The Department of Food Safety, Zoonoses and Foodborne Diseases works with other WHO departments, Regional Offices and WHO collaborating centres as well as other international and national agencies. In particular, WHO works closely with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to address food safety issues along the entire food production chain. Its website includes the Department's publications including Food Safety News and the Initiative to estimate the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases. (World Health Organization (WHO))
Presents the European Union integrated approach to food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health through coherent farm-to-table measures and adequate monitoring.
This CIFOR toolkit allows state and local health departments to conduct self-assessments of their outbreak detection, and to implement appropriate recommendations. (Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response)
National Agricultural Biosecurity Center aims to develop, coordinate, implement, and leverage a broad range of programs and capabilities to address diverse threats to the U.S. and world agricultural economies and food supply. (Kansas State University (KSU))
NEARS is a national effort to systematically collect, analyze, interpret, and disseminate environmental data from foodborne illness outbreak investigations. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
Professional development programs and upcoming events from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA. (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))
(United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))
The University of Wisconsin partnered with the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) to provide this repository of food safety-related learning objects. Includes access to UTMB's Clinical Laboratory Science learning objects. Free registration required. This project is sponsored in part by the US Department of Agriculture, Higher Education Challenge Grant.
The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics have created a combined 5-year program of study that can result in earning both the Masters in Public Health degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees.
The Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine offers a DVM/MPH degree program in collaboration with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
The Veterinary Public Health (VPH) program allows students to combine their veterinary studies at any accredited veterinary college while pursuing the M.P.H. at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health.
This specialized master's degree program focuses on preventive medicine, but is not an accredited public health degree. (University of California - Davis (UC Davis) USA)
(North Carolina State University (NC State) USA)
Long-distance graduate-level program with courses certified by APHIS.
The Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health program is administered through the Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences within the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. (Texas A&M University USA)
Large nonprofit foundation 501(c)(3) dedicated to funding research studies to protect, treat and cure animals, including companion animals (dogs, cats, horses, llamas/alpacas), as well as wildlife (mountain gorillas, elephants, rhinoceros, wolves, and many varieties of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish).
CRIS is the USDA's documentation and reporting system for ongoing and recently completed research and education projects in agriculture, food and nutrition, and forestry. (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))
The Ecology of Infectious Diseases program solicitation supports the development of predictive models and the discovery of principles governing the transmission dynamics of infectious disease agents.
Database of currently funded equine research projects established by the AAEP Foundation, AQHA Foundation, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and Morris Animal Foundation.
The purpose of CRWAD is to discuss and disseminate the most current research advances in animal diseases.