National Association of Federal Veterinarians

National Association of Federal Veterinarians Advocating for Federal Veterinarians in the federal government since 1918.
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Advocating for Federal Veterinarians in the Federal Government since 1918.

Mission: The National Association of Federal Veterinarians works to further the interests of veterinarians in the federal government by: 1. Raising the visibility of veterinarians in Federal service and advancing the recognition of their contribution in the fields of veterinary medicine and public health. 2. Influencing laws, regulations, procedures, and policies that impact federal veterinarians, and the programs they serve, by communicating and interacting with government agencies, industries, and Congress. 3. Providing a forum for networking and interaction of veterinarians throughout the federal government. 4. Making legal counsel available to members.

NAFV would like to thank our FSIS members and inspectors working at these and many more plants across this country.
05/21/2020
Map: COVID-19 meat plant closures

NAFV would like to thank our FSIS members and inspectors working at these and many more plants across this country.

05.14.2020By Ryan McCarthy and Sam Danley

CDC MMWR Report: COVID-19 cases among U.S. workers in 115 meat and poultry processing facilities were reported by 19 sta...
05/14/2020
COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities ...

CDC MMWR Report: COVID-19 cases among U.S. workers in 115 meat and poultry processing facilities were reported by 19 states. Among approximately 130,000 workers at these facilities, 4,913 cases and 20 deaths occurred. Factors potentially affecting risk for infection include difficulties with workplace physical distancing and hygiene and crowded living and transportation conditions.

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6918e3.htm?s_cid=mm6918e3_x

This report indicates that coronavirus disease 2019 cases among workers in 115 meat or poultry processing facilities were reported by 19 states.

Federal Veterinarians are deeply envolved in the COVID-19 Pandemic.  There are folks at CDC in leadership positions ensu...
05/12/2020
COVID-19 expert: 'This damn virus' is going to infect 'everybody

Federal Veterinarians are deeply envolved in the COVID-19 Pandemic. There are folks at CDC in leadership positions ensuring the best possible courses of action based an the best information available. We have federal veterinarians risking their own health to bring you a sustainable supply of animal protein for food. Others are working on ensuring the reasonable effectiveness of test kits and vaccines as they are developed. Or helping farmers with their excess of animals because of slaughter plants closures due to COVID-19. I would like to express my thanks to them for staying on the job and trying to keep the rest of our lives as normal as possible given this challenging outbreak situation. Federal Veterinarians are truly the unsung and unrecognized "first responder" heros in this pandemic. Let's let them know they are seen and appreciated by sharing this post. Thank you!
And please listen to this pod cast to get a real perspective on the future of this pandemic after this first wave of COVID-19 infections. Our outstanding federal veterinarians will be working this issue for you for a long time to come.

A high-profile infectious disease researcher warns that the coronavirus is in the early stages of attacking the world , making it difficult to relax stay-at-home orders without putting most Americans at risk. COVID-19 ex...

If past emergency situations have taught us a lesson, it is that hindsight can be 20/20 and when we look back at this CO...
05/01/2020
Hindsight is 20/20: Protecting Yourself Professionally in COVID19

If past emergency situations have taught us a lesson, it is that hindsight can be 20/20 and when we look back at this COVID-19 crisis, “the best you can do” may not have been good enough. When discussing the current questions and concerns that we are receiving from our membership, NAFV asked our General Counsel if he had any guidance he would recommend to our members in this time. According to Mr. Bill Hughes, as federal veterinarians are navigating these challenging times, the best way you can protect yourself from occupational ‘blowback’ is to carefully document your decision-making. While you should all be keeping records in regular times, it is especially important for any situation that might be controversial or that might deviate from standard practices. We have put together the following guidelines to consider when documenting your decision-making.

Read full article: https://bit.ly/2VY58Jr

by Mariana C. Barros-Titus, NAFV

05/01/2020
Online Event: Establishing a Bipartisan Covid-19 Commission

RECORDING: CSIS’s International Security Program and Global Health Policy Center for a bipartisan event with Representatives Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and John Katko (R-NY) highlighting their efforts to establish a bipartisan commission to examine the Covid-19 crisis. Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and Director of the International Security Program at CSIS will host a discussion with Representatives Murphy and Katko from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Julie Louise Gerberding, Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer, Merck & Co., Inc; Suerie Moon, Co-Director of the Global Health Centre and Visiting Lecturer for Interdisciplinary Programs at the Graduate Institute Geneva; and Christine Wormuth, Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the RAND Corporation; led by J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health Policy Center at CSIS, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020.

https://youtu.be/ItMMk5uqFZc?t=1848

Please join CSIS’s International Security Program and Global Health Policy Center for a bipartisan event with Representatives Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and Joh...

Excellent discussion of an after action commission to improve future responses to pandemics. https://www.csis.org/events...
05/01/2020
Online Event: Establishing a Bipartisan Covid-19 Commission

Excellent discussion of an after action commission to improve future responses to pandemics.

https://www.csis.org/events/online-event-establishing-bipartisan-covid-19-commission

Ask Live Questions Here The event will be webcast live from this page. Please join CSIS’s International Security Program and Global Health Policy Center for a bipartisan event with Representatives Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) and John Katko (R-NY) highlighting their efforts to establish a bipartisan co...

And this is beginning to happen in a number of places.  Plants need to protect their most valuable asset, their employee...
04/30/2020
JBS begins euthanizing hogs at Worthington plant

And this is beginning to happen in a number of places. Plants need to protect their most valuable asset, their employees. And they need to have continuity of operations plans (COOP) in place for this eventuality.

Written By: Julie Buntjer | Apr 29th 2020 - 6pm.12

USDA Proposes National List of Reportable Animal DiseasesThe United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and...
04/28/2020

USDA Proposes National List of Reportable Animal Diseases

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing a new National List of Reportable Animal Diseases (NLRAD) to further strengthen the country’s ability to detect, respond to and control animal diseases. The new list will provide a consolidated, comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure Federal and State animal health officials quickly receive information about potential cases of communicable animal diseases. This helps ensure that serious diseases are reported earlier, which can help speed our response time and lessen the overall impact on producers and the economy.

Link to Proposed Rule: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/2845211

Dear friends, family, & colleagues, We would like to invite you to a webinar about COVID-19 impacts on food systems and ...
04/26/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: How COVID-19 is Affecting Food Systems & Food Security in Africa. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Dear friends, family, & colleagues,

We would like to invite you to a webinar about COVID-19 impacts on food systems and food security in Africa, happening next Monday (27 April 2020, 14:00 – Nairobi time).

While much attention has been paid globally to the public health implications of the spread of COVID-19, the economic reverberations are likely to be most acutely felt by the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations, of which a substantial proportion are in Africa. With a general global economic slowdown anticipated, along with national and international restrictions on movement and trade, the threat may be most severe to food supply networks, and in Africa, it will only serve to further exacerbate the existing challenges and risks to food security.

Dr. Scott Newman will be presenting and after the presentation there will be a Q&A session. For your participation, please kindly register in the following link:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5VR7CZ1HRguLge1V3t_6fQ

Should you have any inquiries, please feel free to reach out to [email protected]
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Best regards,

Office Of the ADG/RR

Presented by Dr. Scott Newmann - Delivery Manager for the Africa Regional Initiative 2: Sustainable Production Intensification and Value Chain Development - FAO Strategic Program 2 Focal Point - Senior Animal Health & Production Officer

National Association of Federal Veterinarians
04/22/2020

National Association of Federal Veterinarians

APHIS Accounces Confirmation of COVID-19 in Two Pet Cats in New York

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) today announced the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in two pet cats. These are the first pets in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

For more information, visit: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/287d9a0

APHIS Accounces Confirmation of COVID-19 in Two Pet Cats in New YorkThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
04/22/2020

APHIS Accounces Confirmation of COVID-19 in Two Pet Cats in New York

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) today announced the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in two pet cats. These are the first pets in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2.

For more information, visit: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/287d9a0

Opinion: Keep global food chains alive amid COVID-19 crisis
04/10/2020
Opinion: Keep global food chains alive amid COVID-19 crisis

Opinion: Keep global food chains alive amid COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting enormous strain on public health systems around the globe, and millions of people in the world’s most advanced economies are in some form of quarantine. We know that the human toll will b...

Opinion:How to address the impactof COVID-19on global food system
04/10/2020
Opinion:How to address the impactof COVID-19on global food system

Opinion:How to address the impactof COVID-19on global food system

According to the Brookings Institution, COVID-19 could result in a global loss of $2.4 trillion to over $9 trillion in gross domestic product this year alone. And according to the World Bank, agriculture accounted for on...

Opinion:Support animal health systems prevent the next pandemic
04/10/2020
Opinion:Support animal health systems prevent the next pandemic

Opinion:Support animal health systems prevent the next pandemic

From the SARS epidemic in 2003 to the unfolding tragedy of COVID-19 today, infectious disease transmission from animals to humans — zoonotic disease — is increasing in frequency, virulence, and devastation.

04/09/2020
Do Re Mi - Covid 19 version

For today's CPSA: Do Re Mi - Covid19 Edition

(Covid PSA - yes, we just made that up)

We hope this brings you a bit of laughter today!

We want to say a HUGE thank you to all of the health and essential workers who are tirelessly working to keep our nation safe and our systems running. A very special thank you to Public Health Veterinarians and Field VMOs who are working extremely hard out there to make sure that America's food supply continues to be safe and wholesome.

Federal veterinarians are a critical, yet widely unknown, part of our nation's public health infrastructure. They work in areas including epidemiology, food safety, import/export, research, etc. that are integral to being equipped for and responding to these type of disease outbreaks.

THANK YOU FEDVETS!

The Sound of a Pandemic! Don't worry, Maria and the Von Trapplings know how to deal with it! Lyrics below. ***New videos - Part 2 in the series - is out now!...

USDA Statement on the Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Tiger in New YorkUSDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sen...
04/05/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

USDA Statement on the Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Tiger in New York
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service sent this bulletin at 04/05/2020 04:25 PM EDT

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(Washington, D.C. April 5, 2020) – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories has confirmed SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans) in one tiger at a zoo in New York. This is the first instance of a tiger being infected with COVID-19. Samples from this tiger were taken and tested after several lions and tigers at the zoo showed symptoms of respiratory illness.

Public health officials believe these large cats became sick after being exposed to a zoo employee who was actively shedding virus. The zoo has been closed to the public since mid-March, and the first tiger began showing signs of sickness on March 27. All of these large cats are expected to recover. There is no evidence that other animals in other areas of the zoo are showing symptoms.

USDA and CDC are monitoring the situation and working to support the state and local health departments and state animal health officials. State animal and public health officials will take the lead in making determinations about whether animals, either at this zoo or in other areas, should be tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. USDA will notify the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of this finding.

Anyone sick with COVID-19 should restrict contact with animals, out of an abundance of caution including pets, during their illness, just as they would with other people. Although there have not been reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. If a sick person must care for a pet or be around animals, they should wash their hands before and after the interaction.

Questions and Answers:

Can people give this virus to animals and, if so, what animals are at risk?

This is the first case of its kind. We are still learning about this new coronavirus and how it spreads. This case suggests that a zoo employee spread the virus to the tiger. Further studies are needed to understand if and how different animals could be affected by COVID-19. State animal and public health officials will continue to work closely with USDA and CDC to monitor this situation and will conduct additional testing if it is warranted.

If multiple animals were showing symptoms, why was only one tested?

Only one tiger was tested as the collection of diagnostic samples in big cats requires general anesthesia. Since all tigers and lions were exhibiting similar respiratory symptoms, the attending veterinarian felt it was in the best interest of the animals to limit the potential risks of general anesthesia to one tiger for diagnostics.

If animals can catch the virus, can they give it back to people?

At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that any animals, including pets, livestock, or wildlife, can spread COVID-19 infection to people.

Will this finding prompt additional testing of animals?

No. This is an evolving situation, however, routine testing of zoo or personal animals is not recommended at this time. Public and animal health officials may decide to test certain animals that are showing signs of illness and that are known to have been exposed to the virus. More information about how those decisions will be made is available here:https://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/one_health/downloads/faq-public-on-companion-animal-testing.pdf

Should any animal showing signs of respiratory illness be tested?

USDA and CDC do not recommend routine testing of animals for this virus. Because the situation is ever-evolving, public and animal health officials may decide to test certain animals out of an abundance of caution. The decision to test will be made collaboratively between local, state or federal public and animal health officials.

Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick from coronavirus (COVID-19)?

You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would with other people. Although there have not been reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets. More information is available on how to keep people and animals safe at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/animals.html.

What should I do if I think my animal has the virus?

Call your veterinary clinic with any questions about your animal’s health. In order to ensure the veterinary clinic is prepared for the household animal, the owner should call ahead and arrange the hospital or clinic visit. Make sure to tell your veterinarian if your animal was exposed a person sick with COVID-19, and if your animal is showing any signs of illness. Veterinarians who believe an animal should be tested will contact state animal health officials, who will work with public and animal health authorities to decide whether samples should be collected and tested.

Could this affect tigers or other animals at other zoos across the United States?

There is no evidence of this virus affecting animals at any other facilities in the United States. However, anyone sick with COVID-19 should restrict contact with animals, including pets, during their illness, just as they would with other people. Although there have not been reports of pets becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. If a sick person must care for a pet or be around animals, they should wash their hands before and after the interaction.

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The National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV) is a constituent body of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), formed during the AVMA annual meeting in 1918 by a small group of Bureau of Animal Industry veterinarians. It has grown to approximately 1,000 members since, and is recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture as the representative organization for federally employed veterinarians and as an association of managers and supervisors. NAFV strives to serve both veterinarians and the agencies they work for by facilitating communication, making suggestions for improvements, and working collaboratively to address issues of concern. As an advocate for veterinarians in federal service, NAFV emphasizes professionalism and expertise in federal service, while promoting continuing education, teamwork, and a standard of excellence.

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I was wondering if there was any opportunity for mentorship. I was in small animal and shelter practice for seven years before leaving to pursue my MPH full time. I went to vet school in Scotland, so had a lot of agriculture and livestock exposure. I am also category I accredited and am working towards category II. I would like to work for APHIS, but have not been able to land any interviews yet. Would anybody be able to help me review my resume so that I can improve weaknesses to make me a better candidate? Many thanks in advance, Anik Chavez
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/512159100 This is amazing opportunity and a positive step in the right direction for veterinarians within FSIS. You would also get the opportunity to work with NAFV as well as veterinary colleges and other employers of veterinarians.
Many opportunities available to volunteer for the veterinary profession in the AVMA! As a volunteer, your travel, lodging, and meals are covered by the AVMA. We currently are seeking volunteers to fill the following positions: AVMA Board of Directors Committee and Trust Positions Council Positions AVMA Officers American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) Positions Council on Education (COE) Positions Interested candidates should submit nomination materials via email to [email protected] via fax to (847) 925-0944; or via mail to AVMA Office of the Executive Vice President, 1931 N. Meacham Rd, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL, 60173. You can also sign up for email alerts about volunteer opportunities with the AVMA. If you're not quite ready to get involved in AVMA governance but would like to get more involved with the association, we'd love to have your help! Please contact [email protected] with any questions or to learn more about AVMA's volunteer opportunities: https://www.avma.org/Members/Volunteer/BecomeAVolunteer/Pages/vacancies.aspx You can also reach out to NAFV on Facebook here or contact us at http://www.nafv.org/ to assist you with any questions about what volunteering is all about!
My agency is working on recruitment/retention of veterinarians. I have asked those that are my immediate circle of friends but wanted to branch out to others to get diverse perspectives. My questions to you all: What attracted you to your agency? Why do you stay with your agency? If you were being recruited by another agency, what incentives would tempt you to take the offer? In addition, if you have any suggestions on retaining/recruiting veterinarians to the federal government. Please let me know. You can contact me via this post, private message, or email at [email protected]. Any comments, suggestions, or answers are greatly appreciated.