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National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs Summit

Charlotte Krugler, DVM

Biography: Dr. Charlotte Krugler worked as a small animal clinician for 14 years before beginning a government career with Clemson Livestock-Poultry Health (the SC State Veterinarian’s office). As Emergency Preparedness Veterinarian in the Animal Health Programs department since 2005, she serves as liaison to state emergency management to assist with resource coordination for animal/agricultural issues in disasters. Charlotte also assists with producer training related to foreign animal disease preparedness, response and recovery. She is Unit Coordinator for the new SC Veterinary Reserve Corps (SCVRC).    Presentation: National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC) updates and case study from South Carolina Deployment (PDF) October 2015 weather patterns produced record flooding in parts of South Carolina and other East Coast States. This incident, like so many others, provided challenges and achievements at many levels of both governmental and non-governmental organizations. This presentation will highlight the cooperative response organized with the State of South Carolina Emergency Management, and the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC). Topics include: How/when to activate support resources; what type of resources to order, stage or provide directly to the response; problems with “rogue” groups; response achievements; sheltering and transportation problem-solving; keys to success using multi-agency coordination, and more!

Patricia Norris, DVM, MS

Biography: Patricia Norris, DVM, MS is the Director of Animal Welfare for the N. C. Department of Agriculture.  Her duties include enforcing the NC Animal Welfare Act which regulates animal shelters, boarding kennels, pet shops, public auctions and certified euthanasia technicians.  She also oversees the administration of the NC Spay/Neuter program. She was the Sheriff’s Veterinarian for the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office (DASO) for 5 years and as a consultant for 2 years before that.  She provided forensic veterinary services for their animal cases:  misdemeanor and felony cruelty, abandoned animals, dog /cock fighting, hoarding, vicious/dangerous dogs and animal shootings.   Job responsibilities included triage assessment of animals on scene, care of animals during the case, necropsy services and court testimony.  She also oversaw the DASO Protective Custody Animal Shelter which provided care and housing of court-hold animals as well as for animals owned by victims of domestic violence.  Prior to the DASO position, she owned a small animal private practice in North Carolina for 9 years where started NC’s first Pet Safe program for victims of domestic violence.  She also served as the veterinarian for the colony of endangered lemurs from Madagascar housed at Duke University. She obtained her DVM degree from the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and her Master of Science in the area of Veterinary Forensic Science from the University of Florida. Presentation: Developing Relationships Between Local, State, and Non-Government Organizations for a Successful Response (PDF) Typically one thinks of a natural disaster or criminal investigation when a case requires coordination of several governmental and private agencies.  This presentation discusses considerations required for a successful multi-agency response to a large-scale animal facility investigation and action initiated by a regulatory matter.  A successful response to this type of situation involves intense and thorough planning, open and thoughtful communication, detailed contingency plans, reasonable flexibility for unanticipated issues and coordination during the implementation of the action and the aftermath.  Specifics of these topics as well as lessons learned will be explored in this presentation. 

Darlene Konkle, DVM

Biography: Dr. Konkle is the Assistant State Veterinarian in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.  She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993.  She worked in clinical practice and academia before joining the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in 2005.  In the Division of Animal Health, Dr. Konkle directs the Bureau of Animal Disease Control.  She also coordinates emergency response planning for foreign and emerging diseases of livestock and poultry.  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.

T.R. Lansford, III, DVM

Biography: T.R. Lansford, DVM became the Assistant Executive Director for Animal Health Programs in October 2013.  Prior to that, Dr. Lansford served as the Texas Animal Health Commission Region 5 Director since April 2012.  He started his veterinary career in mixed animal practice in Hondo, Texas, before going to work for the state meat inspection program where he spent 12 years working for the citizens of Texas.  A native of south Texas, Dr. Lansford completed his undergraduate hours at TAMU-Kingsville before attending vet school at Texas A&M.  He graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. Presentation: Fever Tick Response in Texas (PDF) In August 2014, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) working closely with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) began what would become a long-term response to movement of the cattle fever tick north of the permanent quarantine zone in Texas. In October 2014, TAHC placed a temporary Preventative Quarantine Area on 223,000 acres in Cameron County, Texas. From October 2014 until March 2016, TAHC/USDA unified command was used at the Cameron County Incident Command Post. This presentation will cover the outbreak timeline, the response effort, and the lessons learned.

Christopher James Mabry, MS

Biography: Christopher Mabry is the Animal Decontamination Team Leader and Logistics Supervisor for the Texas A&M Veterinary Emergency Team (VET).  He joined the VET in 2011 and has served in multiple roles that aid the response efforts for VET including: logistics, animal decontamination, communications, and large animal technical rescue.  In 2013 he deployed with VET to the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion and provided decontamination support for animals affect by that disaster.   Mabry also deployed to Wimberley, Texas in 2015 to assist with the Search & Rescue Canines’ decontamination needs. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 2012, Mabry completed a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, focusing on animal decontamination and emergency response.  The main focus of study for the past two years has been animal decontamination with a specific emphasis on the dermal effects of decontamination on Search and Rescue (S&R) Canines.  As part of his master’s project, Mabry has also worked in collaboration with VET leadership and students in both the Texas A&M College of Engineering and the Texas A&M College of Architecture to design and produce a prototype of a mobile animal decontamination unit for small animals. Presentation: Challenges Associated with Animal Decontamination During Disasters When disaster strikes, there is an increased risk for the release of hazardous materials into the environment, which poses a significant threat to humans, animals, and especially canine first responders working in these challenging situations. To mitigate the harmful effects of potential contamination and the subsequent secondary exposures that may occur, it is necessary to establish an effective procedure for performing animal decontamination. While decontamination protocols and methods are well defined for human victims of hazardous exposures, there are knowledge gaps in the current literature that specifically address animal decontamination. This session, through didactic lecture and audience discussion, will provide an enhanced understanding of the challenges associated with decontaminating animals to include important considerations for ensuring both animal and responder safety while performing decontamination.

Anneliese (Anne) McCann

Biography: Anne McCann is the National Emergency Programs Coordinator for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal Care Program. In this capacity, Ms. McCann supports DHS/FEMA planning initiatives, serves as program liaison to Emergency Support Function #11, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and works with government and non-governmental partners to build and sustain a shared national strategy and capabilities for pet/animal emergency management. Prior to coming to USDA, Ms. McCann served as an all-hazards planner with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency supporting planning for pets, unattended children, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and as Vice President of the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP). Anne has previously served as the Executive Director of the Delaware Humane Association, and has worked as a program analyst for the Department of Veterans Affairs at their headquarters in DC, the Veterans Benefits Academy in Baltimore, and the Regional Office and Insurance Center in Philadelphia. . Presentation: National Catastrophic Planning Regional Breakout (PDF) National Programs Update (PDF)

Rebecca S. McConnico, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Biography: Dr. Rebecca McConnico is a Professor of Equine Medicine at the LSU-School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. McConnico is originally from north central Ohio, where she lived for 18 years. She obtained her BS in Animal Science from the University of Arkansas, her DVM from Louisiana State University, and her PhD and clinical residency training in large animal internal medicine from North Carolina State University. She is a board certified diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and her clinical interests include equine critical care, infectious diseases, internal medicine, and integrative therapies. Dr. McConnico has been integrally involved in the development of the LSU-School of Veterinary Medicine’s Disaster program since 2001, a training and response program based on community engagement which hinges on growing partnerships with other LSU units, non-governmental and governmental groups, and state and federal government entities.  She is a member of the NASAAEP best practices large animal shelter working group and is the Equine Branch Director of the Louisiana State Animal Response Team. Her active disaster response experiences include. Tropical Storm Allison (2001), Hurricanes Ivan, Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, Isaac (2004-2012), the Gulf Oil Spill (2010), and numerous storms and flood related disaster events. Presentation: Biosecurity Considerations for Equine Emergency Sheltering (PDF) Equine emergency shelters have an increased risk of infectious disease occurrences due to increased animal stress levels, often excessive co-mingling, inconsistent worker base, and horses arriving from many and varied health management and stabling situations. Biosecurity policies should be in place ahead of time to prevent disease spread and outbreak situations and policies should be effectively conveyed to all shelter personnel. A veterinarian should be involved in the overall health management of an equine emergency shelter including working with public health officials regarding the overall animal and human safety issues associated with taking care of shelter horses. The veterinarian should work closely with the shelter manager and both need to be able to apply Incident Command System tools to maximize disease prevention. Mitigation tactics should include appropriate regular health maintenance including current vaccinations against tetanus, Equine Influenza I & II, Equine Herpes virus I & IV, and the encephalitides including Eastern, Western, and West Nile Virus Equine Encephalitides. Equine Infectious Anemia is a US federally regulated equine disease and during an emergency evacuation or disaster response, it is unrealistic to assume that all horses will have a record of a current negative Coggins test. EIA testing should be considered for shelter animals depending on risk assessment protocols. Appropriate personal hygiene, particularly hand hygiene, can assist in the prevention of disease transmission. Separate isolation areas are necessary for horses showing clinical signs of infectious disease including fever, nasal discharge, or diarrhea. Equine emergency shelter husbandry plans should include a plan for safe handling of feedstuffs, and water. An effective and implementable biosecurity plan for equine emergency sheltering is a key critical requirement for successful large animal emergency and disaster response outcome.

Yvonne Nadler, DVM, MPH

Biography: Yvonne Nadler, DVM, MPH is the Program Manager for the ZAHP Fusion Center.  ZAHP (pronounced “ZAP”) roughly stands for Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Preparedness Response and Recovery Fusion Center.  The Center is a project currently funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. It is designed to be a conduit for information and training opportunities for the managed wildlife community.  Yvonne previously was employed by Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, where she led the Zoo Animal Health Network in disease preparedness programs and surveillance for highly pathogenic avian influenza.  While at Lincoln Park, she also organized the Zoo Best Practices Working group for Disaster Preparedness and Contingency Planning.  She has developed and conducted several tabletop and virtual exercises for the zoological community.  She is currently is on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAAEP). Presentation: Updates on Initiatives from the Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Preparedness, Response, and Recovery (ZAHP) Fusion Center (PDF) The ZAHP Fusion Center (loosely stands for Zoo and Aquarium All Hazards Preparedness Response and Recovery Fusion Center) serves as a hub for all-hazards preparedness information for the managed wildlife community. Currently headquartered at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums office in Silver Spring Maryland, the Center partners with stakeholders across the managed wildlife community. This presentation will provide an update on current ZAHP projects, including: • The ZAHP Fusion Center’s response to the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the US in 2014 including “ZAHP Chats”, conference calls designed to connect the zoological community with subject matter experts on prevention and mitigation strategies for our collections and address any information gaps for the community. • Outcomes of an Internet exercise, sponsored by United States Department of Agriculture that tested a Concept of Operations Plan for scenarios describing HPAI outbreaks involving zoological institutions in three different states. • Development of a training program that will be available on-line for managed wildlife facilities to use to develop their own Contingency Plan. • Progress of the ‘Secure Zoo’ project; the Secure Zoo Strategy is currently using Foot-and-Mouth disease as the hazard of concern, but will ultimately be applicable to many hazards affecting the managed wildlife community.

Anita Laffey

Biography: Anita Laffey is a retired social worker and family counselor with 25 years of experience counseling with adults and children. She joined the Red Cross as a volunteer in 2005, in response to Hurricane Katrina. To date, Anita has been deployed 24 times to national and local disasters. Anita is a part of the disaster mental health team, and also is a certified Red Cross disaster class instructor. She particularly enjoys teaching Psychological First Aid and its mini-version, Psychological First Aid: Overview, because of the practical skills that the classes offer to all disaster workers. Anita believes that the mission of the Red Cross, to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies, dovetails nicely with the work of NASAAEP in preventing and alleviating animal suffering due to disasters. She is delighted to represent the Red Cross in offering support to NASAAEP disaster workers, so that together we can respond to the needs of all parties affected by disasters. Presentation: Overview of Psychological First Aid (PDF) This overview is a practical, hands-on course designed to prepare Red Cross workers and other disaster responders to provide basic care, comfort, and support to people who are experiencing disaster-related stress. Interactive practice exercises help participants gain confidence in applying what they have learned. Disaster responders learn skills that can make them more effective in serving the needs of both human beings and animals. This class is a preview of the full, 4-hour Red Cross class, Psychological First Aid. All disaster responders attending the NASAAEP Summit are encouraged to enroll in the full class by contacting their local Red Cross chapter or logging on to www.redcross.org for more information.

Michael Neault, DVM

Biography: Dr. Mike Neault recently assumed the position as the director of livestock programs for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Veterinary Division, in August 2015. He graduated the University of Michigan Dearborn Campus in 1991, with a BS in Biology and minors in history and psychology, and from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. He worked in private practice in Michigan until 2008, when he became the emergency programs manager for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development – Animal Industry Division. Dr. Neault has participated as a responder or as incident commander on incident management teams in several animal disaster and disease emergency responses that include the Kalamazoo River oil spill, Michigan low path avian influenza responses, animal feed contamination, and he participated in the Super Storm Sandy response at the FEMA National Response Coordination Center. 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.

Sandra Norman, DVM

Biography: Dr. Sandy Norman received her BS in Agriculture Science and DVM from Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced small animal and equine medicine in the Indianapolis area for 15 years before joining the Board of Animal Health in 1995, as Director of Companion Animal/Equine where she oversees disease and public health programs including rabies. Dr. Norman has been the Pet Expert on Channel 13-WTHR (NBC) for over 20 years at noon on Monday. She has held all of the executive offices in the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, Public Relations/Animal Welfare chairmanship, and participated in many pet related activities in her community. The IVMA named Dr Norman Veterinarian of the Year in 2006. Dr. Norman has raised four Leader Dogs for the Blind and is a passionate advocate for service and therapy animals. She is a member of National Veterinary Response Team 5, responded to Hurricane Katrina, and works in animal disaster response for the state of Indiana. She is married to her very patient husband Fred, and has three grown daughters and two grandsons. 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.