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Diagnosing and Treating Backyard Chickens
March 19, 2017 | North Grafton, MA 
Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine will present 
Registration is available here
Register by February 21st and pay $89 instead of $99!
Registration includes Lectures, Continental Breakfast and Course Notes

2017 Veterinary Biologics Training Program
May 15-19, 2017 | Ames, Iowa USA
Course instructors from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's (APHIS) Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) will review the requirements and processes for licensing/registration and testing of veterinary biological products. The inspection and compliance process for production, release and post-marketing surveillance of veterinary biological products covered under the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act is also included.

The 8th Annual Key Executive Leadership Conference
May 17, 2017 | Washington, D.C.
The Veterinary Biologics Training Program has been offered every year since 1996. More than 2500 individuals, including 748 international attendees from 93 countries, have attended the program. The course gives participants an overview of the scientific principles of vaccines and vaccination and of the USDA regulatory process for assuring the purity, safety, potency and efficacy of veterinary biologics.
This course is sponsored by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) and the Iowa State University (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine.

American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW) - Fourth Annual Animal Welfare Short Course
June 7 -, 2017 | Raleigh, NC
The program consists of lectures on animal welfare at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, NC; including short presentations on the history and purposes of ACAW, the ACAW application process, and the ACAW exam process. Lectures will focus on topics that will help prepare individuals for the ACAW exam, and will emphasize knowledge areas listed in the ACAW Role Delineation Document (RDD; Applicants applying under the alternate route may wish to use selected lectures as documentation of their knowledge for some aspects of their ACAW application.
This course will be held at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine at 1060 William Moore Dr. in Raleigh, NC. A block of rooms will be reserved at the Ramada Inn-Blue Ridge, 1420 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, at a discounted rate. To make your reservation, please call 919-832-4100 and reference the group code GCSHORTCOURSE. The local airport is Raleigh-Durham International (RDU), which is approximately ten miles from the CVM. Participants will be required to arrange their own transportation to and from the hotel. Hotel reservations must be made by May 23rd to receive the discounted rate. For more hotels and area information visit:

AVMA Annual Convention 
July 21 - 25, 2017  |  Indianapolis, IN
AVMA Convention 2017 has something for every background and interest. Gain an educational edge through interactive CE opportunities, hands-on labs, panels and lectures taught by the best and brightest in veterinary medicine. Network with your peers, and discover products and services that will enhance your veterinary practice and career. Registration opens in February.

Veterinary Care of Wildlife in Africa
2017 & 2018
The Veterinary Care of Wildlife in Africa program is a 15-day, 20-CE-credit, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work directly with South African professionals in the veterinary field. Hands-on activities and in-the-bush discussions culminate in a thrilling three-day game capture program.
The program cost is $4,900 per person sharing a double room, $5,400 for a single room and includes all meals and accommodation, in-country transportation, group airport transfers, lectures and course materials, permits and entry fees, and scheduled group activities. A 25% deposit is due once you officially decide to attend and final payment can be made up to one month prior to your expedition start date. Spouses/partners/colleagues are welcome to join any expedition.

For any questions, private group information, or to make a reservation, please contact me in the U.S. at 518-345-3071 /

CFSPH Zoonotic Disease Online Course Now Offered Year-Round
The Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
now offers its web-based course, Zoonoses: Protecting People and Their Pets, year-round.
Veterinarians, physicians, public health professionals and anyone interested in understanding and preventing zoonotic diseases found in companion animals will benefit from the course. This course provides an excellent opportunity for veterinary, medical and public health professionals and students to refresh and gain knowledge of key zoonotic diseases of companion animals. The web-based course includes lessons, case studies, and online resources to assist course participants in educating clients about zoonotic disease prevention. The course is self-paced and accessible online at any time for participants.


The cost to register for the course is $250, which includes a copy of the companion textbook (a $70 value).


AVMA Convention Meeting 2016  |  August 6, Dr. Michael Gilsdorf: NAFV Updates



Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program of the Agriculture and Food Security Partners of the Americas.
  • F2F promotes economic development and food security abroad by sending volunteer agricultural specialists from the U.S. to provide technical assistance to foreign producers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, NGO’s, and educational institutions.
  • Assignment goals vary depending on the needs of in country host organizations and typically last 2-3 weeks.
  • In appreciation of the volunteer’s service, F2F covers the cost of all assignment-related expenses including travel, food, and lodging.


NAFV Responds to GAO Report of Federal Veterinary Workforce
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted an audit of the Federal veterinary Workforce last year. Earlier this month they released their conclusions in a report. NAFV has released their response to the report. Read both bellow: 

GAO Report 

NAFV Press Release on GAO Report 


Dossier H5N2: Virus likely spreads by multiple routes.



Federal Veterinarian: Point - Counter Point: Petition     |     COLA ANNOUNCEMENT      |     AVMA FY17 Appropriations | Gov. Perdue Letter

Improving Federal Veterinarian Capacity: A Vital Issue in U.S. Homeland Security Click here for more information

By Joel C. Spangenberg, MA, MLS, MEM, CHS-V, PMP