AAVPM Courses


NEW: Policy in Practice: Hot Topics in Antibiotic Resistance and Pre-harvest Food Safety

Presented by Karin Hoelzer, DVM

Wednesday  September  11,  2019

7:00  pm  to  8:00  pm  ET

Karin Hoelzer, a veterinarian, leads The Pew Charitable Trusts’ work on antibiotic use in animal agriculture, focusing on policies and rersearch related to the use of antibiotics in animals, foodborne pathogens, and other health risks related to the food supply. 

Veterinarians play key roles in mitigating the public health threats posed by foodborne pathogens and the global emergence of antibiotic resistance. These are two distinct yet related issues that both depend on farm-level interventions. Because the use of antibiotics in any setting drives resistance, it is important to be good stewards of these lifesaving resources. A variety of pre-harvest interventions have proven effective, although significant differences in physiology and industry structure among food-producing species mean that no single intervention is entirely successful at combatting all foodborne pathogens in every setting. In this webinar, I will highlight current trends, recent research, and relevant policy changes related to on-farm antibiotic stewardship and pre-harvest food safety. 

Register at:  https://nafv.org/aavpm-courses 


Past: Financial Considerations For Early and Mid-Career Federal Veterinarians

Provided by Michael Feeley of Raymond James & Associates
Wednesday July 31, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ET | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CT

Mr. Michael Feeley is a graduate of University of Alabama with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in Computer Science. He began his career in the financial service industry in 2008, helping Federal Employees build estate and financial plans through strategies designed to maximize their benefits. In 2012, Michael started his own company, concentrating on retirement income planning for Federal employees. There he did many of the retirement and mid-career workshops for Federal Agencies on FERS and CSRS benefits.

In 2017, Michael joined Raymond James to deliver his clients the platform, experience, and comprehensive services that Raymond James delivers. Michael currently holds his series 7, 63, 65 and Life Insurance licenses.

Among his topics will be:

  • What to do in addition to TSP and Roth IRA?
  • Managing FERS Retirement benefits with Social Security?
  • Retirement planning 25 years before retirement.
  • How to coordinate your federal benefits?
  • Retirement planning early on in career.
  • How to determine how much savings is needed to retire?
  • How does my pension work and rules around it if I leave federal service ?


PAST: New Wednesday July 10, 2019 - Veterinarian's Role in Controlling Infectious Diseases

Provided by Dr. Lindsey Shields
7 PM ET – 8:00 PM ET | 6 PM CT – 7 PM CT

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Dr. Lindsey Shields is a board-certified preventive vmedicine veterinarian with 8 years’ experizence in international veterinary medicine and public health. Dr. Shields currently serves as the Surveillance Advisor on the Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance project, a 5-year USAID funded project aimed at strengthening surveillance and diagnostic systems for infectious diseases in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Dr. Shields attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate studies in Animal and Poultry Sciences, and continued there for her DVM. Since graduation, she has worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations based in Italy and Ethiopia, where she provided direct assistance to member countries for controlling zoonotic disease outbreaks and supported the development of early warning systems in East Africa. While at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, she led outbreak response activities in Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and in the USA for infectious diseases including cholera, typhoid, and botulism. Most recently, Lindsey worked at the Smithsonian Institution on training and capacity building programs for emerging infectious diseases and wildlife health. Based in Washington DC, she loves to spend her weekends out hiking or biking with her husband and rescue dog Gizmo.

ABSTRACT:  Over the last 50 years veterinarians have increasingly brought their expertise to wide ranging disciplines from traditional veterinary practice, to specialties like radiology, to human health research and public health. Emerging infectious diseases threaten human (and animal) populations globally, and many of these diseases are zoonotic. Veterinarians can (and should!) play a key role in mitigating the threats of zoonotic diseases. In today’s interconnected world, an outbreak anywhere is a threat everywhere. Dr. Lindsey Shields will present her experiences as a veterinarian in non-traditional settings ranging from providing One Health trainings while working for the United Nations, to serving as an epidemic intelligence officer with the CDC responding to outbreaks of ebola, cholera and botulism worldwide. Join us to hear more about the many roles veterinarians can play in controlling infectious diseases both within and outside of the federal government.

Presentation: Role in Controlling Infections Diseases


POSTPONED: Wednesday June 19, 2019 - Vector Along the Southern Border

Provided by Dr. Meera Chandra
7 PM ET – 8:00 PM ET | 6 PM CT – 7 PM CT
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Dr. Meera Chandra received her DVM and MPH from the University of Florida in 2018. While in school, she pursued veterinary public health opportunities by working with USDA APHIS in a poultry processing plant and serving as president of the Public Health Club. Her masters project examined the risk of vector borne diseases in Customs and Border Patrol agents and working dogs along the US Mexico border. She also completed a three month internship with the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) in Paris, France where she worked on Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak and recovery. Dr. Chandra is currently serving as an AVMA Congressional Fellow where she works in the office of U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.). Her portfolio includes public health, animal health, and food safety.

Vector borne diseases are of increasing importance in the United States because there has been a continuous upward trend in the numbers of notifiable tick-borne disease cases.  Between 2000 and 2008 the incidence of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) has risen from 1.7 to 9.4 cases per million persons which is the most drastic rise in incidence rate ever reported 1. Although reported cases have increased greatly over the past 17 years, it is believed that these estimates of tick borne diseases greatly underestimate the true number of cases1.

Vector borne diseases are not only playing an emerging role on a national scale, but they are increasing in scope and magnitude on a global scale as well. Brazil has seen cases of Brazilian spotted fever rise steadily over the past decade.1   In April of 2015, the Mexican Ministry of Health declared an epidemiologic emergency because of the high and sustained rates of RMSF observed in northern Mexico.16
The focus of this study was to highlight emerging and re-emerging diseases that are a threat to CBP agents and working dogs along the Mexican border. The diseases of concern in this area include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, Chagas disease, and Rickettsia parkeri.