The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science hosted the US Department of Agriculture Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service Veterinary Service (USDA APHIS-VS) Live Bird Market System Continuing Education Training Course October 25-27, 2016. The course was supported by colleagues from the Department of Poultry Science, Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the Texas Animal Health Commission. The purpose of the Live Bird Market System Program is to improve biosecurity practices and provide actively surveillance for avian influenza in live bird markets.
The Live Bird Marketing System Continuing Education Training Course is designed to provide veterinary medical officers (VMOs), animal health technicians (AHTs), and other regulatory personnel involved with the live bird marketing system with the basic information and skills they will need to successfully carry out their job responsibilities. Participants learned about how to collect samples from chickens, turkeys, ducks and quail and how to detect avian influenza using rapid diagnostic tests and how to collect samples and pack and ship them to the appropriate diagnostic laboratories. Approximately 50 participants from 17 states and 6 countries attended the course. APHIS VS is responsible for safeguarding animal health and welfare in the United States.