February 10, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will host training exercises at Fort Valley State University Feb. 10-11.
From 8 a.m.until 5 p.m., more than 25 veterinarians and veterinary technicians from across the U.S. will attend training sessions at FVSU’s O’Neal Veterinary Science Building and State Animal Facility for Emergencies (SAFE) Center. Most of the hands-on exercises with animals are scheduled for 1-4 p.m.
Dr. George McCommon, head of FVSU’s Department of Veterinary Sciences and Public Health, said the USDA wants new and veteran employees to be cross-trained in emergencies with a variety of animals. For example, in the event of a disease outbreak or natural disaster, a USDA veterinarian or veterinary technician who mostly works with poultry can properly examine pigs, and individuals who specialize in horses can examine poultry.
For more information about the training session, contact McCommon at (478) 825-6424 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption: Fort Valley State University’s O’Neal Science Building (pictured) and State Animal Facility for Emergencies (SAFE) Center, will serve as sites for trainings conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Feb. 10-11.
FVSU Agricultural Communications Department