Ever since the Foot and Mouth disease outbreak began in the United Kingdom, the school has stepped up to increase understanding and awareness of Foot and Mouth disease, including describing symptoms and possible impacts of the disease, participating in discussions about response to a potential outbreak, and informing citizens of precautionary steps we can take to prevent the disease from being introduced on the farm. Monday, April 23, 2001, from 10 AM until 3 PM, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine will host a seminar on Foot and Mouth disease for agricultural producers, veterinarians, community leaders and interested members of the public. The meeting will take place in Tulare at the Southern California Edison Ag-TAC Learning Center, 4175 So. Laspina Street. Joining the meeting will be Richard Breitmeyer, director, Division of Animal Health and Food Safety Services, California Department of Food and Agriculture. Representatives from USDA and farm industry groups will also participate.
“Foot and Mouth disease is on the minds of farm producers, especially those in California’s beef, dairy and swine industries-as well as goat and sheep owners. As part of our service commitment to animal agriculture, we are co-hosting this seminar to meet an immediate need of producers to know what California is doing to protect animals from this highly contagious disease,” says Bennie I. Osburn, dean.
James Cullor, director of the school’s Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center (VMTRC), Tulare, is coordinating the seminar. “Farmers will learn detailed biosecurity procedures they can use to prevent infectious diseases on their farms, and producers will also have the opportunity to have questions answered on issues related to a potential outbreak.”
All are welcome to the free event. For more information, contact the VMTRC at (559) 688-1731.
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine conducts an integrated statewide mission of teaching, research and service benefiting animal, human and environmental health. More than 25 faculty members-based in Davis, Tulare and other communities throughout the state-focus their research on livestock health and food safety issues. Eleven faculty members have undertaken specialized training to recognize foreign animal diseases at the USDA’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York.