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Media Alert - Veterinary Biologics Training Program

Date: 
May 11, 2011
Contacts: 

Connie Scovin, IICAB, (203) 269-1689, cscovin@iastate.edu
Tracy Ann Raef, College of Veterinary Medicine, (515) 294-4602, traef@iastate.edu

Media Alert 

WHAT:
The 16th Annual Veterinary Biologics Training Program hosts 160-plus national and international animal health professionals, who come together in Ames to learn how to ensure the safety and efficacy of veterinary vaccines.

WHO:
The Veterinary Biologics Training Program is a collaborative effort between the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB), under the United States Department of Agriculture, and Iowa State University’s Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics (IICAB) in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

WHEN:
May 16-20, 2011
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. – media attendance and interviews with participants

WHERE:
Iowa State University, 1226 College of Veterinary Medicine, 1600 Christensen Drive, Ames, Iowa

NEWS VALUE:
IMPACT ON WORLD HEALTH:
• Animal and human health is increasingly interdependent, requiring cooperation globally among health care professionals and regulatory bodies. More than 60 percent of emerging human diseases are transmitted by or shared with animal species. Vaccines for animals reduce the chances of transmission to humans.
• Veterinary vaccines are a cost-effective method for preventing animal disease, increasing the efficiency of food production, and increasing the availability of high quality protein for humans.
IMPACT ON IOWA REPUTATION AND ITS ECONOMY:
• The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) is based in Ames, Iowa, and regulates veterinary biologics (vaccines, bacterins, antisera, diagnostic kits, and other products of biological origin) to ensure they are pure, safe, potent, and effective. The Center’s work is based on the Virus Serum Toxin Act (PDF 17KB); the Ames-based organization regulates veterinary biologics submitted by U.S. and International manufacturers.
• The Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics was established at Iowa State University in 1995 to leverage the animal health resources in Ames to better contribute to animal health worldwide. Led by James A. Roth, DVM, PhD, a Distinguished Professor at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the Institute works to improve the availability, safety, efficacy, and use of veterinary biologics (vaccines and diagnostics) throughout the world (www.cfsph.iastate.edu/iicab).
• MILESTONE: The 2011 Program has attracted a record number of attendees.

BACKGROUND:
• Continuing a 15-year tradition, over 160 regulatory officials and employees of veterinary vaccine manufacturers are gathering in Ames this week for the 2011 Veterinary Biologics Training Program. More than 1600 individuals, including 500 international attendees from 80 countries, have attended the Veterinary Biologics Training Program since it began in 1996. Past participants report that this program helps them understand the USDA requirements and facilitates the licensing process.

The course is divided into three sections conducted over three weeks:
• WEEK 1, May 10-13, covers Immunology and Principles of Vaccination and is presented by IICAB Faculty.
• WEEK 2, May 16-20, covers Procedures for Ensuring Vaccine Safety and Efficacy and is presented by the USDA’s CVB staff. Participants learn how the USDA regulates the licensing and testing process for veterinary vaccines and diagnostics. The USDA inspection process for vaccine production is also covered.
• WEEK 3, May 23-25, covers Laboratory Testing Related to Biologics Evaluation and is presented by the USDA’s CVB staff to a limited number of International Government participants.

CONTACT:
To arrange interviews of program providers and selected attendees, as well as photo opportunities, contact Connie Scovin, Communications Coordinator for the IICAB Veterinary Biologics Training Program at (203) 219-1689 or email at cscovin@iastate.edu