African Swine Fever To Be Addressed By USAHA And AAVLD

African swine fever virus infects a macrophage, a type of white blood cell ( Ben Clark, PIADC )

African swine fever (ASF) is on everyone’s radar because of its insidious spread across Asia, and the topic will be highlighted at this year’s U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA) and American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) annual meetings. Registration is now open for the 2019 Annual Meeting scheduled for Oct. 24 to Oct. 30, 2019 in Providence, R.I. You can register at

The keynote plenary session on Monday, Oct. 28, will feature Juan Lubroth, DVM. Dr. Lubroth will present, “Overcoming Challenges for the Control of African Swine Fever – A Global Threat in Your Backyard.”

As the Chief Veterinary Officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Dr. Lubroth will discuss risk management, diagnostic challenges and opportunities, politics and economics and how these affect control strategies in the field. He will share approaches to better risk management and will identify areas needed to ensure preparedness for the possible introduction of ASF in North America.

A well-known expert, Dr. Lubroth has worked extensively throughout Latin America, South and Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. He has started several major initiatives for the control of transboundary animal diseases around the world and has served on the Pan African Program for the Control of Epizootics Advisory Committee.

Many topics of interest
Information on ASF is important, but many other health issues are of vital concern to U.S. veterinarians, livestock producers and industry leaders. The USAHA program features 30 committee and subcommittee meetings, ranging from livestock, poultry and wildlife to specific topical committees that will address the latest and most pressing issues affecting food and fiber production. A complete list can be found at

Additionally, AAVLD hosts a wide variety of scientific sessions, bringing the latest research and technology to the animal health sector. This, coupled with unparalleled networking opportunities with federal and state animal health officials, industry leaders, diagnosticians, researchers and animal health thought leaders, make this a can’t-miss event.

Make this a must-attend meeting
“We are pleased to have USAHA back in the northeast. Providence was a great location for us in 2015, and we look forward to returning this fall,” says USAHA President Kristin Haas, DVM, state veterinarian of Vermont. “More importantly, the program quality and content will excite and inspire this year’s attendees”

The tentative schedule for meetings can be viewed at: Check back regularly for updates and detailed session information as they are developed.

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