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Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus


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Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus: Assessing Biosecurity in the Swine Feed Supply Chain

Instructors: Dr. Peter Davies, Dr. Tim Snider, Dr. Montserrat Torremorell, Dr. Sagar Goyal
Guest Contibutors: Dr. Joel Nerem, Dr. Scott Dee, Dr. Laura Greiner, Dr. Jason Woodworth, Dr. Casssie Jones

Time commitment: 3-4 hours per week

Course description:

Did feed ingredients, imported from other countries, play a role in the transboundary spread of the virus into the United States?

Are feed ingredients of porcine origin playing a role in its domestic spread?

How should the risk of contamination during the manufacture and distribution phases of the swine feed supply chain be addressed?

Practicing swine veterinarians, researchers, and other industry stakeholders are focusing their attention on questions like these to insure that pork producers they serve are able to effectively manage the biosecurity risks they face. The swine feed supply chain has been an area of intense interest and the focus of research, conferences, and even the mass media. The Swine Group at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine understands that swine veterinarians are continually striving to stay abreast of the most current information related to this devastating disease.

Course Objectives:

1. Develop a better understanding of the complete feed supply chain and the response of the feed industry to the PEDV crisis

2. Review the role of diagnostics in the surveillance of the swine feed supply chain

3. Develop the tools to systematically evaluate feed and feed ingredient biosecurity.

Information on CE credits   Coming Soon

Dates: October 6 - 19, 2014
Webinar times: Tuesday October 7, 2014 6:30 - 7:30 am Central Time
                           Tuesday October 14, 2014 6:30 am Central Time
Live Conference Call Discussion: Thursday October 9, 2014 6:30 am CT

(Webinars and conference call will be recorded and posted on the course site)

Cost $150.00

NOTE: This online course has been completed but course material is currently available to new registrants. There are recorded presentations as well as recordings of the webinars from the course that are available for review. You will receive an email enrolling you in the course within 24 hours of registering.

Material will be available for review until February 28, 2014.

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Peter Davies BVSC, PhD

Dr. Davies is a veterinary epidemiologist who has been involved
in swine health research since 1987, with a focus on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, including foodborne pathogens and zoonoses. He has a long term interest in feed safety risk management originating in work on Salmonella in swine production. He is leading an ongoing project on risk assessment of PED virus in feed ingredients of swine origin with University of Minnesota colleagues.

Tim Snider DVM, MPH                                                          

Dr. Snider joined the swine faculty group at the University of Minnesota in July 2013. He recently completed a veterinary public health and preventive medicine residency and a Master’s in Public Health. He brings a wealth of experience in swine health and production from his years in private and corporate practice and maintains a close connection to the industry as a health assurance veterinarian for an international swine breeding stock company.  At the University he is focused upon DVM, post-DVM education, and biosecurity of the swine feed supply chain.

Sagar Goyal DVM, MS, PhD

Professor, University of Minnesota
AAM Board Certified Microbiologist
Dr. Sagar M. Goyal is a noted virologist with more than 45 years of experience in animal virology. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Population Medicine and is faculty advisor for Diagnostic Virology and Serology laboratories of the Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. His laboratory was responsible for the first isolation of avian metapneumovirus from Minnesota turkeys. A live, attenuated vaccine against this virus was produced in his laboratory and was licensed by the USDA. His areas of interest include disease pathogenesis, rapid diagnosis, and prevention and control of viral infections in animals and poultry. He is the author of four books and approximately 350 peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is currently involved in studying the survival of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in the environment including feed and feed ingredients.

Montserrat Torremorell DVM, PhD Allen D Leman Chair

Allen D Leman Chair, Swine Health and Productivity Professor
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine





Guest Contributors:

Joel Nerem DVM

Pipestone Veterinary Services
Dr. Joel Nerem earned his DVM from Iowa State University in 1996.  After working in mixed animal practice for 5 years, Joel served as a staff veterinarian for a vertically integrated swine production company located in the Midwestern USA.  In 2006, Joel joined Pipestone Veterinary Services in Pipestone, MN where he has served as a staff veterinarian specializing in swine health and biosecurity.  Joel is a partner in Pipestone Veterinary Services and in Pipestone’s swine management business.  Currently, he serves as the Director of Health for the Pipestone System, which comprises 160,000 sows on 52 sow farms located in five states.

Scott Dee DVM, MS, PhD

Pipestone Veterinary Services
Dr. Scott Dee earned his DVM, MS and PhD from the University of Minnesota.  He is a board certified veterinary microbiologist and a past President of the AASV. After working in swine practice for 12 years, Scott was a Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine where he focused his research on the transmission and biosecurity of PRRSV.  In 2011, Scott joined Pipestone Veterinary Services in Pipestone, MN where he currently serves as Director of Pipestone Applied Research (PAR).  Scott has published over 140 papers in peer reviewed journals including the initial publication providing proof of concept of PEDV transmission in feed and is currently studying intervention strategies to reduce this risk. Scott and his wife Lisa have 2 children (Nicholas and Ellen) and live in Alexandria, MN.

Laura Greiner MS, PhD

Director of Research, Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions

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Cassie Jones MS, PhD

Kansas State University
Dr. Cassie Jones is an Assistant Professor of Feed Technology at Kansas State University where she has a joint research, teaching and outreach appointment in the Department of Grain Science & Industry. Her research efforts include evaluating the effects of ingredients or feed processing technologies on feed safety and animal nutrition. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on ingredient quality and feed safety, as well as industry feed manufacturing short courses through the International Grains Program. Dr. Jones has coordinated the creation and offering of a basic feed manufacturing course for FDA feed mill inspectors and helped offer training for state level feed inspectors. She received her B.S. and M.S. in swine nutrition from Kansas State University and her Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from Iowa State University.

Jason Woodworth MS, PhD

Kansas State University
Dr. Jason Woodworth completed his MS and PhD in swine nutrition from Kansas State University.  After completing his PhD in 2001 he joined Lonza Inc., a life-sciences based company headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.  Over his 12 year tenure at Lonza, Jason transitioned through technical sales support and regional business management roles ultimately becoming the global business manager for the specialty feed division of Lonza.  In June of 2013 Jason rejoined the Applied Swine Nutrition team at Kansas State University as a Research Associate Professor and is currently an active member of the team whose mission is to be the leading applied swine nutrition team by developing, evaluating, and disseminating the latest information to increase profitability of pork producers.