VEPs attend Live Bird Marketing System Training Course

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Tue, 08/19/2008 (All day) - Thu, 08/21/2008 (All day)
Storrs, Connecticut, USA

The VEPs from Barbados, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, St. Kitts and St. Lucia attended the LBMS course. More than eighty participants from across the United States of America, the Caribbean and South America were in attendance. Though the majority of attendees were veterinarians; animal health technicians, laboratory personnel and veterinary students were also present.


Held on the campus of the University of Connecticut and coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the intense three-day programme included presentations by experts in various disciplines, a field trip to a LBM distributor, and a wet lab session that served to improve the VEPs capacity in sampling, euthanasia and necropsy of birds. Great interest was generated by overviews of Investigation and Enforcement Services (IES) and the Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance (SITC) programme. Furthermore, a fun and innovative exercise was included whereby participants were required to use distributed GPS devices to find lunch!


Fittingly, an international component was incorporated on the final day. Fifteen minute presentations were made to create awareness of a variety of cultures/religions and their roles in LBMS. Presentations were also made by Paula Morales from the Dominican Republic and Martha Chavez Nino from Mexico on experiences in their respective countries. Specific subjects like disinfection, depopulation or laboratory tests were developed in depth, which provided practical information and tools to the VEPs for the improvement of their AI national surveillance and control protocols.


This third training objective was to show to the VEPs the USA system of AI surveillance and control, especially in the management of LPAI outbreaks. It has been a great opportunity to benefit from the experience of experts and technicians who had to manage the disease in real conditions on the field, as well as in the lab and in administration. 


Dr Vicki Aimey, VEP Barbados


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