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Illinois Veterinarians Further Their Emergency Preparedness
More than 100
Illinois veterinarians joined state agency leaders in Springfield on November
18-19 to learn and practice the emergency management plan that state and
federal governments use to contain animal diseases.
Illinois Department of Agriculture organized the training. It is part of
the department’s IVERT (Illinois Veterinary Emergency Response Team)
initiative, an effort to establish a unified response to animal health
emergencies by increasing intergovernmental cooperation and building a
partnership between animal health officials and private practitioners.
coordinated and swift response can be the difference between containment of
a disease to a single farm and widespread infection that causes the death
of many livestock and millions of dollars in lost income," Agriculture
Director Chuck Hartke said.
first IVERT training was provided last year and included instruction on the
identification of foreign animal diseases and potential bioterrorist
agents. This year’s program will cover the Incident Command System (ICS)
that state and federal emergency management agencies use when responding to
disasters. A hands-on exercise also is planned to allow veterinarians to
apply the lessons they have learned in a simulated animal disease outbreak.
training will provide veterinarians with the knowledge they need to safely
and effectively respond to an accidental or intentional introduction of a
disease pathogen," State Veterinarian Dr. Colleen O’Keefe said.
"And it’s extremely important because they more than likely will be
the first to detect a disease outbreak."
of the North Carolina State Animal Response Team led the training. The team
was among the first to adopt the Incident Command System and has been
selected by the USDA to promote its implementation in other states.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency, University of Illinois College of
Veterinary Medicine, University of
Illinois Extension, Illinois
State Veterinary Medical Association and USDA Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service have helped organize the training.
Report on the Scope of Veterinary Practice
In August 2004 the
Coalition on the Scope of Veterinary Practice – comprised of 12 veterinary
organizations – assembled in Denver,
Colorado for discussions on
threats to the scope of veterinary practice. The meeting took place in response to
increasing activity in state legislatures and with regulatory boards where
non-veterinarians seek to deliver healthcare to animals. The veterinary organizations are
concerned that such changes could harm animal patients and endanger public
health. The coalition’s intention is
to provide information to policy makers as they consider requests to engage
non-veterinarians in the delivery of animal healthcare. The coalition is developing a white paper
that discusses the issues and addresses the veterinarian’s role as the
primary provider of animal healthcare.
Just added to the ISVMA
Library (accessible through the Member
Center on www.isvma.org) is the final report of the Coalition on the Scope
of Veterinary Practice. Please review the report and forward any comments
you have to email@example.com.
In a recent E-SOURCE members
were asked to participate in a survey regarding the spay/neuter proposal
being considered in the Illinois General Assembly. We processed nearly
200 replies (most of the responders were veterinarians – there were a few
UI-CVM student responses). The following are the results of the survey:
I am aware of the spay/neuter legislation.
Yes – 83%
No – 17%
I support efforts to control pet overpopulation.
Yes – 95%
No – 4%
No Answer – 1%
I am willing to collect an additional tax on rabies
vaccinations to cover the cost of a state spay/neuter program for low
income pet owners.
Yes – 11%
No – 85%
No Answer – 4%
I am opposed to taxing good pet owners who bring their
animals in for rabies vaccinations to cover the cost of this type of
Yes – 90%
No – 8%
No Answer – 2%
I am concerned about any tax that might decrease
compliance with rabies vaccinations.
Yes – 95%
No – 4%
No Answer – 1%
I would support a statewide spay/neuter program that is
paid for through more equitable funding sources (that doesn't require the
veterinarian to collect a tax).
Yes – 80%
No – 20%
I am a regular reader of the Epitome.
Yes – 95%
No – 5%
I appreciate the timeliness and content of the E-SOURCE Newsletter.
No - .7%
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