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October 11, 2004 Volume II, Number 13
In This Issue
· Dr. Roger Mahr Receives Distinguished Alumni Award
“Euthanasia Agency” means an entity licensed by IDFPR for the purpose of animal euthanasia that holds an animal control facility or animal shelter license under the Animal Welfare Act. “Euthanasia Technician” means a person employed by an euthanasia agency or working under the direct supervision of a veterinarian and who is certified by IDFPR to administer euthanasia drugs for animals.
“This legislation ensures that only certified euthanasia technicians or licensed veterinarians perform euthanasia of animals,” said Acting Director Daniel E. Bluthardt, Division of Professional Regulation. “Additionally, this legislation establishes requirements for the purchasing and storage of drugs used to euthanize animals.”
Applications are available at www.idfpr.com, calling (217) 782-8556 or by writing to:
IDFPR, Division of Professional Regulation
ATTN: Forms Unit
FAX: (217) 557-8073
Humane Euthanasia Agencies are eligible for licensure if they hold an active, unencumbered license under the Animal Welfare Act as an animal control facility or animal shelter.
Humane Euthanasia Technicians may be eligible for licensure if the following requirements are met:
§ Be at least 18 years of age
§ Submit a criminal background check and provide verification of fingerprint processing from a designated agent.
§ Must hold a current license or certification from one of the following organizations issued within three (3) years preceding the date of application:
o American Humane Association
o National Animal Control Association
Humane Society of the
Until March 1, 2005 the IDFPR may issue a license to an applicant who holds a license or certification from one of the above four organizations issued after January 1, 1997.
“Time is a critical factor in containing animal disease outbreaks and preventing food-borne illnesses,” Dr. Colleen O’Keefe, the department’s division manager of Food Safety and Animal Protection, said. “The rapid identification of infected animals and contaminated food products minimizes farmers’ financial losses and protects human lives. This system, when fully operational, will enable animals and premises that have been exposed to a disease to be identified within 48 hours of the disease’s discovery.”
The department has established an online registration process to identify food animal facilities. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and consists of a short application that asks for a facility’s street and mailing addresses, its phone number, a description of its operation and the animal species it handles. Menus are provided to ease the process and ensure similar facilities are categorized the same way. After the form is submitted, the facility will be issued a federal premise identification number.
The online application is posted on the Illinois Department
of Agriculture’s website at www.agr.state.il.us.
Mail and telephone registration also are available. Applicants should either
write to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Animal Health,
“Strong collaboration among farmers, farm organizations, meat packers and state animal health officials will be required to meet our goal of identifying every food animal facility by Sept. 1, 2005,” Dr. O’Keefe said. “We’ve been working closely with industry groups to create this system, and plan to meet Sept. 16 to discuss outreach efforts that they can make to encourage their members to apply.”
A $130,000 grant from the USDA is paying for the
registration of livestock and poultry premises in
Dr. Roger Mahr
Receives Distinguished Alumni Award from
Registered for the
A brochure was mailed last week with the schedule, speaker information and registration form for the Mississippi Valley VMA Annual Meeting. You can also find the information online at http://www.isvma.org/region4.htm.
The MVVMA has put together an entertaining and educational
program. The registration deadline is
October 25, 2004 and the PAR-A-DICE Hotel is accepting reservations through
October 17, 2004.