Current Events in Public Health Series
The goal of this series is to bring speakers in from different areas of the public health arena to expose students to current issues in public health.
Info Talk: "Plumb Island Scholarship" with Michelle Sanborn c/o 2015
"Murine Typhus in Feral Cats" with Shelter Medicine Club
October 15, 2013
"Backyard Chickens with Dr. Maurice Pitesky" with AEMC and Poultry Medicine Club
October 29, 2013
"Field trip to California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab on UC Davis campus"
In the fall, VPHO is offering CAHFS, the University's California Animal Health and Food Safety diagnostic lab. CAHFS offers support services in livestock & poultry animal disease control and health management, animal-origin food safety, protection from zoonotic disease, equine health and performance, and public health education and dissemination of knowledge. Club members will see the various departments and technologies encompassed within CAHFS, including: Microbiology (where they do testing for things such as anthrax), Immunology (where they do things like AGID testing for EIA), gross Pathology, Toxicology (you can put anything organic in front of their DART mass spectrometer and it will tell you what it is; i.e. almost all dollar bills have traces of cocaine), Microscopy ( how to make TEM and direct EM images seen in our various classes for looking at viruses or parasites in tissues), Histopathology, Cell Culture, BioTech/Virology (PCR machines and machines that can test for multiple diseases at once i.e. to test a sample for all vesicular diseases). Tour of the Bio Security Level 3 - isolation facility where research and diagnostics is performed on suspect or high-risk samples that may involve anything from foreign animal diseases to highly contagious pathogenic matter.
Scrapie Sampling Wetlab
Dr. Ramos and his colleagues from USDA led his wetlab. Students learned to collect correct samples for laboratory diagnosis of scrapie infection in sheep and goats. Students had an opportunity to practice collecting samples from sheep heads from a slaughter facility. Faculty from the California Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) Laboratory, located on the UC Davis campus, explained how the samples are processed and read once received by the lab.