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GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. James Averill Presenting an “Update from the MDARD Animal Industry Division”

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. James Averill Presenting an “Update from the MDARD Animal Industry Division”

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Dr. James Averill has served as the State Veterinarian within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Animal Industry Division since June 9, 2013.  The State Veterinarian is Michigan’s chief of regulatory veterinary medicine. He oversees disease surveillance, prevention, and response impacting the state’s multi-billion dollar animal agriculture sector.  Dr. Averill began working for MDARD in 2009 as the Bovine Tuberculosis Program Coordinator and became Division Director in 2011.

Dr. Averill was born and raised in Maine on a dairy and sheep farm. He came to Michigan to attend Michigan State University, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Ph.D. degrees.

As part of its animal health mission, MDARD’s State Veterinarian and its Animal Industry Division work closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services and Wildlife Services and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, as well as other state and federal agencies, private practice veterinarians, and local law enforcement.

Dr. Averill will provide an update on companion animal reportable diseases, with a focus on canine influenza.  He will also share best practices regarding animal shelter regulations and protecting animal and human health in a shelter setting.

To register for the conference go to: https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference

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