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Less Risk, More Value: Livestock Biosecurity in South Africa led by Texas A&M University Interdisciplinary Team

Posted October 27, 2016

OneHealthTexas A&M University team has been awarded $473,989 by the United States Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service to promote biosecurity with beef, swine, and poultry small-scale livestock farmers in South Africa. The project is titled “Less Risk, More Value: Enhancing Biosecurity Best Practices of Livestock Diseases in South Africa,” and its goal is to improve international trade market access. This agreement builds on recent funding that this team received for global training capacity in biorisk management.

This interdisciplinary international team includes faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), Texas A&M One Health Initiative, Institute of Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) and the Agricultural Research Council-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, South Africa. Members of the lead team are:

  • Angela Arenas, DVM, PhD, DACVP, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB)
  • Rosina C. Krecek, FRSSAf, PhD, MS, MBA, interim assistant dean of One Heath and visiting professor in VTPB
  • Linda L. Logan professor in VTPB and director of international programs
  • Heather L. Simmons DVM, MSVPH, IIAD education and outreach theme leader/program manager and associate department head and program leader for veterinary extension

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