September 26, 2003
The 107th annual meeting of the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA) will take place in San Diego, Calif., Oct. 9-16, 2003, in conjunction with the 46th annual meeting of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD).
Topics to be covered at the meeting include chronic wasting disease, bioterrorism, international agricultural trade and building a better national diagnostic laboratory network. Bob Frost, USAHA president, noted that a special session on international agricultural trade will feature a presentation by Dr. Bernard Vallat, director-general of the Office Internationale des Epizooties (OIE). Headquartered in Paris, France, OIE is the organization that sets international animal-health standards. Established in 1924 with 28 signatory countries, OIE now includes 162 member nations.
The Committee on Sheep and Goats will address significant industry topics such as: past and present serological diagnostic tests for North American small ruminant lentiviruses; parasite control in sheep and goats in the 21st Century; emerging issues and new concepts for nematode parasite control; and active component properties and formulation interactions in product development.
During the USAHA meeting last year, the sheep and goat committee formed a subcommittee with specific responsibilities for scrapie. Reports to be presented during this subcommittee meeting include a status report on the National Scrapie Eradication Program and the results of the National Sheep Slaughter Surveillance Study, as well as a report on the validation of scrapie testing.
Staff contact: Paul Rodgers, 304-647-9981