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National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs Summit

Tim Rickey

Biography: Tim Rickey serves as vice president of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response (FIR) team. Under Mr. Rickey’s leadership, the team works with law enforcement to investigate and respond to animal cruelty cases and Emergency Managers to respond to natural disasters throughout the country. Under Rickey’s direction, the FIR team has led many large scale operations including puppy mills, hoarding, animal fighting and disaster response operations. In 2010 Rickey spearheaded the ASPCA’s blood sports division, which has provided investigative support and operational assistance to more than 200 animal fighting cases throughout the U.S. where more than 6,000 animals have been rescued during animal fighting raids.   Rickey’s team has led some of the largest operations in U.S. history including an eight state Dog Fighting operation that seized more than 500 dogs in a single day, the seizure of more than 4,000 fighting Roosters and in January 2016 the FIR team assisted the Hoke County Sheriff and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture on a Sanctuary Hoarding case with nearly 700 animals.  Presentations: The Evolution of Animal Response In the past ten years the animal response field has seen significant changes in our approach and impact. Looking at lessons learned from many major disasters like the Joplin Tornado, Super Storm Sandy and many groundbreaking animal cruelty cases we will look back at some of the challenges that come with rescuing and sheltering large numbers of animals and reflect on the many best practices and lessons learned that inform our our approach today. 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. 

David Schmitt, DVM

Biography: Dr. Schmitt graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1973.  After one year of private practice in Roseville, Minnesota, Dr. Schmitt moved to Stuart, Iowa, in 1974 and practiced veterinary medicine in a group mixed animal practice there until 1999.  He began his duties in the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as the Assistant State Veterinarian in 1999 and was appointed State Veterinarian in 2008. Presentation: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Panel, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Ontario, Washington, and Wisconsin 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.

Tom J. Sidwa, DVM, MPH

Biography: Dr. Tom Sidwa received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Texas A&M University. He earned a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Texas, Health Science Center, San Antonio. Dr. Sidwa was in private veterinary practice from 1973 to 1993. He has worked for the Texas Department of State Health Services since that time in a number of capacities, including Director of the Meat Safety Assurance Unit, Director of the Oral Rabies Vaccination Program, and currently the Manager of the Zoonosis Control Branch and State Public Health Veterinarian. Dr. Sidwa is currently a member of the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and the United States Animal Health Association. Dr. Sidwa is author and coauthor of journal publications on the subject of rabies. Presentation: 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.

Vic Spain, DVM, PhD

Biography: Dr. Vic Spain is Senior Director in the American SPCA’s Research and Development department. In that role, Dr. Spain provides scientific leadership on research strategy, study design, and data analyses. His current research includes evaluating emergency preparedness, forensics for animal-cruelty cases, effectiveness of animal-related legislation, and methods for connecting consumers to higher welfare animal-based food products. Dr. Spain received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California, Davis and later attended Cornell University, where he received a PhD in Epidemiology with a graduate minor in biostatistics. Dr. Spain served as the Bioterrorism and Infectious Disease Epidemiologist for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH), where he evaluated and refined the city's surveillance systems and oversaw the evaluation of mass-vaccination and mass-dispensing exercises. During his seven years in the pharmaceutical industry, Vic was an advisor on research study design and outcomes measurement with a focus on assessing cost- effectiveness of new treatments and measuring healthcare quality. When Dr. Spain is not working, you will often find him playing cello with the Cypress Trio or biking around San Francisco with his family. Presentation: State and County Resources and Capabilities for Responding to Animals in Emergencies To our knowledge, no systematic national assessment has been conducted to determine the level of preparedness for managing animals in an emergency. To address this knowledge gap, the American SPCA has launched NCARE (National Capabilities for Animal Response in Emergencies) Survey to assess, among US states, US counties, and the District of Columbia, 1) the organization and infrastructure of animal response teams 2) equipment and supplies that are owned by each state or county, and those that can be shared with other jurisdictions under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact 3) level of coordination with and support from other organizations in the state or county An email invitation with a link to an internet-based survey was distributed to emergency management and chief animal health officials from all US states with a request to forward the survey to all counties in the state. Follow-up via telephone – focused on obtaining responses for all counties over 1 million population and a random sample comprised of 25% all other counties a – will be completed in February, 2016. In preliminary results based on responses from 44 states and 233 counties, 63% of states and 23% of counties report having a State or County Animal Response Team (respectively), and 71% of states and 29% of counties report having a cache of supplies for managing small animals. 75% of states have a Veterinary Reserve Corps, or similar organization, with the number of members ranging from 10 to over 2,000. In preliminary data, the level of preparedness for managing animals varies widely by geographic region. This presentation will provide full results with an emphasis on what we have available as a nation to respond to animals in distress and using GIS mapping, identifying where those resources are located.

Sharron Stewart

Biography: Sharron Stewart is a 34 year employee with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  Stewart graduated from North Carolina State University.  She is the Director of Emergency Programs Division, serving in that role for over 8 years.  Prior to Emergency Program, Stewart served as Department liaison to the State Emergency Operations Center for 12 years.  Sharron is a Commissioner of the North Carolina State Emergency Response Commission and a variety of related committees.  Greatest accomplishment – adoptive mom late in life. Presentation: Obtaining Equipment for Animal Disease Response – A Look at How North Carolina Obtained Funding for Emergency Foaming Units (PDF) Presentation will review how state agriculture agencies can obtain funding and resolve logistical problems using the HPAI response as example in obtaining necessary disease response equipment.

Barbara Porter-Spalding, DVM, MVPH

Biography: Dr. Barbara Porter-Spalding is a Swine and Emergency epidemiologist with the USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services (VS), in Raleigh, North Carolina. She received her DVM from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991 and her Masters of Veterinary Public Health from North Carolina State University in 2007. In her current position, Dr. Porter-Spalding serves as the Epidemiologist/Emergency Coordinator for swine programs.  Before joining APHIS, Dr. Porter-Spalding worked in a dairy practice in south central Pennsylvania. After serving 2 years in Morocco in the Peace Corps, she worked with the Food Safety and Inspection Service in North Dakota, joining VS as a field Veterinary Medical Officer in 1998. Presentations: National Program Updates Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Panel, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Ontario, Washingtion, and Wisconsin 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. Seneca Valley Virus Update Seneca Valley Virus is a vesicular disease that presents clinical signs similar to Foot and Mouth Disease.  In late 2015, there was a spike in the number of cases that occurred in the United States.  This presentation will review the virus and draft policy in handling suspect cases. USDA HPAI Policy Update During the 2015 HPAI outbreak that occurred in the United States, response policy changed to meet the needs of the event.  This session will cover the newest updates to the USDA policy on HPAI. USDA National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps (NAHERC) and the HPAI Response Learn about the NAHERC team and how it is deployed during disease responses, and how it was utilized during the 2014-15 HPAI response.

Joshua Payne, PhD

Biography: Dr. Josh Payne serves as the State Extension Poultry Specialist for Oklahoma State University. His research and extension activities focus on pathogen control, animal mortality management, soil fertility, nutrient management and water quality as they relate to agricultural productivity and environmental quality. He recently spent several weeks in Iowa assisting with mass mortality management efforts and has shared his experience through several workshops and seminars across the U.S. Presentation: Avian Influenza Mortality Management Options, Composting Procedures and Lessons Learned The highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak has become the largest animal health emergency in US history. As of April 2016, the USDA reports 233 detections (212 commercial facilities and 21 backyard flocks) affecting approximately 50 million birds in 22 states. To date, nearly 1 billion federal dollars have been spent on disease control efforts and indemnities. Mortality management options that were used during the recent HPAI outbreak include composting, burial, incineration, and landfilling. The most commonly implemented option was mass mortality composting. The purpose of mortality composting during the HPAI outbreak was to use biological heat treatment methods to degrade the carcass, inactivate the avian influenza virus, control odors and reduce fly exposure in a safe, biosecure, and environmentally sustainable manner. Composting was successfully implemented on several poultry operations. As a result of the outbreak, a national composting technical team was formed by the USDA, and a mortality composting protocol for avian influenza infected flocks was published. This presentation will outline mortality management options during an animal disease outbreak and highlight the composting methodology implemented on poultry operations during the HPAI outbreak, as well as the successes, challenges and lessons learned.

Evan Shukan, DVM, MPH

Biography: Dr. Evan Shukan has served as a staff scientist/clinical veterinarian at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the NIH since 2009. Dr. Shukan received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and master of public health from the Uniformed Services University. He is board certified in laboratory animal medicine and veterinary preventive medicine. As a member of the U.S. Public Health Service, Commander Shukan has deployed to the Katrina/Rita hurricane relief response in 2005, and to the country of Solomon Islands with the U.S. Navy humanitarian mission Pacific Partnership in 2009. Most recently as part of the U.S. government response to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, he served in the Monrovia Medical Unit, Harbel, Margibi County, Liberia in 2014-15 as the Team 2 Planning Section chief, and on detail to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Conakry, Guinea in 2015 as part of the Infection Prevention and Control Team there. Presentation: ESF-8 Veterinary Medical Update:  Planning for the Human-Animal Interface (PDF) An update of the ESF 8 veterinary medical issues to include the NVRT, PHS Vets and the movement within HHS to address the human-animal interface (aka One Health) issues during public health emergencies.

Andy Schwartz, DVM

Biography: Dr. Andy Schwartz serves as the Interim Executive Director and Interim State Veterinarian for the Texas Animal Health Commission. Dr. Schwartz has served in this position since January 2016. Prior to January, 2016, Dr. Schwartz served as the State Epidemiologist and Assistant Executive Director for Epidemiology and Labs since 1990. Prior to working for TAHC, Dr. Schwartz was an associate veterinarian in Dublin, TX for two years. Dr. Schwartz received his BS in Animal Science from Tarleton State University in 1984. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University in 1988. Presentation: Keynote Presentation