September 13, 2013
National West Nile Virus Summary
By the U.S. Department of Agriculture
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is pleased to announce its website for equine West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) case information has been improved. The website now reflects current data for 2013 and these numbers will be updated more frequently (bi-weekly).
Case counts are provided to the USDA by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through ArboNET, a national electronic surveillance system for aborviral diseases in the United States. The information available on the website is equine specific and the data is validated by State animal health officials for added quality control.
Stakeholders may visit the website for current and historic reports and maps of equine WNV and EEE activity.
The website is current to September 5, 2013. As of that date, there were 116 equine cases of EEE and 64 equine cases of WNV confirmed in the United States.
West Nile Virus in Minnesota
In 2002, WNV was found in Minnesota for the first time. Cases of the disease in horses peaked that same year with over 900 infected animals. Thanks to vigilant horse owners and veterinarians, vaccine has drastically decreased the number of infections. This year, only four horses in the state were known to be infected by WNV; three in Polk County and one in Morrison County.
A map summarizing the 2013 WNV cases in humans can be found on the Minnesota Department of Health website.
Veterinary Accreditation Renewal - Reminder to Re-Apply
By the U.S. Department of Agriculture
To legally perform accredited duties such as issuing certificates of veterinary inspection, vaccinating animals for brucellosis, and Coggins and tuberculosis testing, veterinarians must be nationally accredited and authorized in the state in which they are performing these duties. The first round of re-accreditation takes place three to five years after veterinarians are issued a National Accreditation Number (NAN). After that, accreditation must be renewed every three years.
Please keep your contact information updated with the USDA to ensure you will receive notifications. You will receive reminder emails from USDA at six months, three months, and one month before you are due to renew. If the USDA does not have an email address in the system for you, you will get one letter mailed three months before you are due to renew.
Visit www.aphis.usda.gov, then:
- Click on Veterinary Accreditation Information on the right side of the webpage
- Click on If You are a Veterinarian
- Click on How Do I Take the Training Modules?
- Select any of the modules you wish to complete
You will need your NAN to print your completion certificate at the end of each module. When you finish a module, it will ask you for your last name and NAN. These must match what we have in our system in order to print the module. Enter your information and print (or save) and retain your completion certificate.
Finally, fill out and submit a VS 1-36a application form with Accreditation Renewal checked in boxes 1-6. This may also be done online by following a few steps. See “How Do I Complete the Renewal Process” from the Veterinary Accreditation information link.
Please watch for the reminders and take appropriate action to avoid disruption in your accreditation. Submit paperwork and questions to:
Kelly Neisen, CVT
Animal Technician; MN NVAP Coordinator, USDA-APHIS-VS
PO Box 264, Saint Joseph, MN 56374
Cellphone: (651) 260-4570
Fax: (320) 363-7446
Livestock Investment Grant September 23 Deadline
By the MN Department of Agriculture
The Livestock Investment Grant deadline is quickly approaching. This competitive grant can cover up to 10 percent of a livestock-related building or equipment purchase in 2013. Fill out the Livestock Investment grant application today!
Another round of grants for 2014 expenses will be announced in January. For more information, contact David Weinand, 651-201-6646.
Each month in Animal Bytes, one piece of the new Board of Animal Health rules will be highlighted.
Cattle: Record Keeping
A person or entity that deals in cattle in any way must maintain records on the acquisition and disposition of the cattle. Records must be kept on file for five years.
We are offering free record-keeping tablets to help get you started. Give us a call at 651-296-2942 for detailed information on record keeping requirements and to order tablets.