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National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs Summit

Bruce Akers, DVM

Biography: Bruce E. Akers, BA, BS, DVM is currently working for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) Emergency Programs Division as Central Region Veterinary Specialist.  Dr. Akers received his BA in Education Marshall University in 1977, BS in Animal Science North Carolina State University in 1987, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University in 1991.  Dr. Akers is a Regional Essential Support Function-11 (ESF-11) advisor for 30+ County Emergency Managers & Public Health Directors in addition to advising the Central Region Public Health Preparedness & Response Staff.  Dr. Akers’ previous work consists of 26+ years and retirement from the U.S. Army.  Akers started his military career as a Chemical Corps/Explosive Disposal Officer in which capacity he served as Safety Officer for the EOD School for their “live chemical agent” training facility.  Akers also served in the Army as a veterinarian for three years and 19 years in Army aviation, the last ten of which were with the North Carolina National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force.  After retirement Dr. Akers accepted a position with the NCDA&CS as the Public Health Liaison & currently in field staff as Regional Veterinarian for 9 years.  He additionally functions as Liaison with Law Enforcement and Military Partners and as his Division’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Advisor. Presentation: Disinfection Processes at Disease Events:  Best Practices Learned During the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Response (PDF) (Video) Review best practices learned for on site disinfection and biosecurity practices of first responders as learned by the North Carolina foam response unit teams in Iowa and Minnesota. Hands-on Training with the North Carolina Decontamination Trailer

Anna Allen, DVM

Biography: Dr. Anna Allen has served as the Public Health Liaison Veterinarian for the Emergency Programs Division at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Raleigh, NC since December 2012. Dr. Allen was born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachussetts for her undergraduate degree where she competed on the Varsity Equestrian Team. She received her DVM degree from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and practiced equine medicine in Northern Virginia. She attended the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC- Chapel Hill for her MPH in Epidemiology which she completed in December 2015. In her work with Emergency Programs, Dr. Allen serves as the primary liaison to the North Carolina Division of Public Health, coordinates the annual One Medicine Symposium for 200+ attendees, and manages or participates in several projects, task forces, and committees related to agriculture and public health emergency and disaster preparedness. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, hiking, spending time outside, travelling, and spending time with friends and family, especially her 1 ½ year old son. Presentation: Beyond Secure Zoo:  Incorporating Managed Non-Domestic Species into Animal Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Response Planning (PDF) The recent cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Minnesota highlights the fragmentation amongst federal and state regulatory agencies and public and private organizations involved with captive non-domestic avian species. While USDA and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) have worked to develop emergency and disaster preparedness and response planning with accredited zoos, there is a crucial need for communication and response planning that encompasses all organizations managing non-domestic species. There are many circumstances where non-domestic species are managed on a temporary or permanent basis including nature centers, wildlife care centers, falconry, zoos and circuses, breeding programs, and animal agriculture. While some of these operations are under the purview of USDA Animal Care or state department of agriculture, others fall under different or overlapping federal and/or state agencies, and some are not regulated at all. The failure to plan an appropriate response for an emergency or disaster, including a foreign animal disease, involving these operations results in questions of jurisdiction, miscommunication and inappropriate actions. The presenters will discuss ongoing initiatives to work with institutions managing non-domestic species in emergency preparedness and response, communication, biosecurity and business continuity planning, and strengthening organizational relationships with federal, state, and local partners. These initiatives include incorporating special avian collections into state avian influenza response planning, course work for emergency preparedness and response for the managed wildlife community, and providing resources for captive managed wildlife organizations and regulatory authorities about avian influenza, biosecurity, and response planning.

Wesley Bissett, DVM

Biography: Wesley Bissett is an Associate Professor and Director of the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team.  He received his DVM from Texas A&M University in 1997. He has been the Director of the Veterinary Emergency Team since its inception and has presided over the development of one of the largest and most sophisticated veterinary medical emergency response teams in the country.  In addition, he has led the development of the Nation’s first required clinical rotation in emergency preparedness and response.  This effort is focused on providing planning subject matter expertise to local jurisdictions while simultaneously teaching senior veterinary medical students. Presentations: Animal Planning Issues in a Disaster (PDF) This presentation will focus on emergency response on behalf of animals. This session will discuss how and why veterinarians can provide leadership in emergency preparedness activities at the local and regional level. This includes how to get involved with and what needs to be accomplished by local animal issues planning committees. Quarantine of a Dog Exposed to a Human Case of Ebola Virus Disease This presentation will discuss the October 2014 Dallas, Texas response to care for a dog that had potentially been exposed to a human with Ebola virus disease. The presentation will address the movement, quarantine, care, testing and release of the pet dog, highlighting the extensive collaboration and communication involving several local, county, state and federal agencies involved in the response effort. The Texas A&M VET:  Building Veterinary Medical Capacity through Public / Private Partnerships (PDF) The Texas A&M VET's program for developing emergency resources through partnerships with the private sector will be discussed. This program provides an alternative to the CART approach. Texas A&M VET:  Building Resilience through Education This presentation will provide an overview of the Texas A&M VET educational program and discuss how its educational efforts are building veterinary medical capacity. The VET uses an approach based on instructors and students working with local jurisdictions in the development of standard operating guidelines aimed at solving animal issues during disasters. This presentation will also highlight the team's emergency response computer simulation.

Maria Cooper, DVM

Biography: Dr. Maria Cooper is the Director of Biodefense, Food Protection, and High-Consequence Disease Preparedness for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. She completed both her undergraduate work and veterinary degree at Purdue University graduating with her DVM in 2011. During veterinary school, she concurrently pursued nine additional courses through Purdue University’s Veterinary Homeland Security Graduate Certificate Program to expand her knowledge of natural and intentional high-consequence threats to animal health. Dr. Cooper in heavily involved in Indiana’s Veterinary Medical Association serving on several committees and is currently the association’s president-elect. She is a graduate of Indiana’s Agricultural Leadership Program and a USDA certified Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician. Dr. Cooper serves on the Indiana Department of Agriculture’s Certified Livestock Producer Program Advisory Board, the State Department of Health’s Foodborne Illness Committee, and the Indiana State Fair’s Public Safety Committee. She is active on Indiana’s Homeland Security Team, the State’s Agricultural Risk Committee, the Indiana Food Safety and Defense Task Force, and the Purdue University Extension Agrosecurity Team. Presentation: Indiana’s 2016 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Response (PDF) After 2015’s HPAI events, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) increased preparedness and planning efforts, working directly with commercial poultry producers, as well as key agency partners. BOAH made a strategic decision to focus response efforts on the many tasks that happen outside of the infected farm(s). When a commercial turkey operation was diagnosed in January 2016, those readiness efforts paid off. Backyard surveillance was thorough, producers successfully continued product movements, and sites were depopulated rapidly, for less negative economic impact and faster recovery. Dr. Cooper will share Indiana’s lessons learned.

Bobby Crozier

Biography: Supervising Inspector for Region 3 in Fort Worth, Texas. Bobby is currently supervising all program work for 29 Counties and involved with many emergency management activities in Region 3. Bobby started with the agency in 1989 as an Inspector in Liberty County and then transferred to Region 3. In 1998 he was promoted to Supervising Inspector. Bobby holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ranch and Feedyard Operations.   When not engaged as Supervising Inspector, he spends his time working on his commercial cattle business and fishing. Presentation: Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Horseback Emergency Response Team This will be a presentation about the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Horseback Emergency Response Team. The presentation will discuss the training and exercise needs and deployment capabilities of this Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT) award winning team.

Mark Carter, B.S., M.S.

Biography: Mark Carter is currently an Executive Assistant with the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).  Mark has been in this position since January 2016.  Prior to serving as TAHC Executive Assistant, Mark was a Program Records Specialist for TAHC from September 2013 until January 2016.  Mark received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Sciences from Prairie View A&M University in 2010 and his Master’s Degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 2012. Presentation: Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Collector App for Use with ArcGIS This presentation will discuss how Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) uses the Collector app with ArcGIS for area-wide disease testing and in preparing for disease outbreaks.

Brian Bohl, DVM

Biography: Dr. Bohl is currently a Region 5 Field Veterinarian with the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC).  Dr. Bohl has been in this position since April 2015.  Prior to joining TAHC, Dr. Bohl served as a Veterinary Medical Officer for USDA/APHIS/VS for 10 years, as a Veterinarian with FSIS for 2 years, as an Army Veterinarian for 3 years, and as a Mixed Animal Practitioner for 1 year.  Dr. Bohl received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 1995 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M in 1999. Presentation: Chronic Wasting Disease Response in Texas (PDF) On June 30, 2015, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was identified in a two-year-old white-tailed deer buck in a Medina County, Texas deer breeding facility. This was the first case of CWD detected in captive white-tailed deer in Texas. Since June 2015, a total of 10 white-tailed deer in or originating from deer breeding facilities have been confirmed positive for CWD in the state. Prior to June 2015, CWD had only been detected in free-ranging mule deer along a remote area of west Texas near the Texas-New Mexico border. This presentation will cover the outbreak time line, the TAHC response effort, the inter-agency collaboration with Texas Parks and Wildlife, and lessons learned.

Minden Buswell, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Biography: Dr. Minden Buswell currently serves as Reserve Veterinary Corps Coordinator/Epidemiologist II at the Animal Service Division at the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Dr. Buswell graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an Animal Science degree and received her veterinary doctorate at Western University of Health Sciences in California. She practiced equine and mixed animal medicine before returning to school to complete a Master’s in Public Health and a residency in Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and a board-certification within the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine. She is passionate about animal emergency response and has most recently responded to the SR 530 Slide in Oso, WA; the Carlton Complex Fire, in Eastern WA; and the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak in the state of Washington. Presentation: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Panel, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Ontario, Washington, and Wisconsin (PDF) The United States is still recovering from the worst animal disease event in its long, rich agricultural history.  NASAAEP Summit participants will have the opportunity to pose questions to the representatives who were active participants in the response activities in the many states and Ontario that encountered HPAI from 2014-2016. This session will be moderated by Dr. Mike Neault of North Carolina.

David Chico, VMD, MPH, DACVPM

Biography: Dr. David Chico works for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets as Field Staff Supervisor and Emergency Preparedness Manager. In addition, he works part time at Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital in Burnt Hills, NY, where he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. Dr. Chico received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. He continued his education and received his Master of Public Health degree from the University at Albany in 2008 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2010. Dr. Chico is active in several national and state professional organizations. He is the past Chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine, past Chair of the Credentials Committee of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Past President and current Vice-President of the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs, and the current Acting Secretary of the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition. In addition, Dr. Chico was recently appointed to the New York State Education Department’s Board of Veterinary Medicine for a 5-year term and currently serves on Albany Medical Center’s Institutional Biosafety Presentation: National Program Updates (moderator) (PDF)

Jimmy Collie

Biography: Jimmy Collie is currently is the Supervisor of Poultry Field Forces. A lifetime resident of North Carolina, Mr. Collie has been employed with NCDA&CS for 25 years. Prior to his employment with NCDA&CS, he spent 11 years in the commercial poultry industry. Presentation: Best Practices when Using Foam for Mass Poultry Depopulation (PDF) Animal disease requires additional planning for mass depopulation of animals. The United States just experienced the worst animal disease outbreak in this country's long history of agriculture. Take this opportunity to learn about the best practices developed by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services foam field team leaders. Hands-on Training on How to Operate the North Carolina Foaming Units