August 9, 2013
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
You are the key to finding the last scrapie cases! Since U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) began slaughter surveillance for scrapie in 2003, the percentage of sheep found positive at slaughter has decreased by 94 percent (adjusted for face color). For this trend to continue, we need your help.
Producers who promptly report clinical suspects and sample mature animals that die on-farm, particularly those farms that do not sell animals for commercial slaughter, will be key to finding the last case of scrapie.
Educate, Report and Submit
- Educate. Know the clinical signs of scrapie. View a brochure listing clinical signs or watch a video of scrapie-positive animals.
- Report. Contact your state veterinarian or your local USDA Veterinary Services area office if you observe a sheep or goat, older than 12 months, exhibiting signs of scrapie.
- Submit. Visit the USDA's scrapie page for information on submitting samples or whole heads from sheep and goats, older than 18 months, that die or are euthanized on your farm for scrapie testing.
Help protect the sheep and goat industry for future generations.
State Veterinarian Attends the Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association Summer Tour
The Board of Animal Health Executive Director and State Veterinarian Dr. Bill Hartmann was pleased to be a part of this year's State Cattlemen's Association Summer Tour. The event took place on July 9 and included several stops in northwest Minnesota.
Dr. Hartmann spoke to tour participants at a ranch in Roseau County and acknowledged the cattlemen for their hard work and sacrifices during bovine tuberculosis eradication
Rabies Vaccination Certificates
The Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control (page 12) provides information on approved rabies vaccines and their durations of immunity. There are currently no approved two-year vaccines. Rabies certificates that have inaccurately listed a two-year duration of immunity can be corrected two different ways.
- The veterinarian that administered or oversaw the administration of the vaccine and issued the certificate can correct the information on the certificate, and initial and date the change.
- The veterinarian can issue the animal owner a letter indicating the error and what the actual vaccine duration of immunity is.
For detailed rabies vaccination certificate requirements, please refer to Minnesota Administrative Rule 1721.0540, Subp. 3 or see the Rules Review below.
Each month in Animal Bytes, one piece of the new Board of Animal Health rules will be highlighted.
Rabies Vaccination Certificate
"Rabies vaccination certificate" means a certificate that documents that an animal has been vaccinated for rabies in accordance with parts 1721.0540 to 1721.0580 and the compendium. The completed certificate must be signed by the veterinarian who administered or supervised the administration of the vaccine. The certificate must include the following information:
- name, address, and telephone number of the owner;
- pet's name, breed, size, sex, age, species, and color;
- vaccine name, manufacturer, serial number, expiration date, and duration of immunity;
- rabies tag number;
- date the vaccine was administered;
- name, address, and license number of the veterinarian who administered or supervised the administration of the vaccine; and
- due date of the next rabies vaccination.