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August 1 CyberSeminar

Animal Health Planning

Animal Health Planning -- A Systematic Approach to Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering from Animal Health Situations at Fairs

With diseases like High Path Avian Influenza (HPAI), Swine Flu, and others that may pose a risk to animal and human populations during fairs, the need to be better prepared to handle these situations to mitigate risk has become very important. Michigan State University, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions have developed a planning guide to help fairs develop a step by step local plan for preparing for animal and human populations to be brought together using good biosecurity practices and regimented check in processes; coordinating communications with internal and external audiences in the case of a situation; and intentionally reviewing plans after each event to make sure that they are up to date and appropriate for your venue. This webinar will focus on why planning is important and the basics you need to know to develop a local animal health plan. Presented by Katie Ockert, Animal Science Educator – Michigan State University Extension