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2016 NIAA Annual Conference Proceedings and Presentations are Now Available for Viewing

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Food System Biosecurity Featured, Species by Species

Each year, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture chooses a theme for its Annual Conference from the most important and trending topics impacting species across the animal agriculture industry. The 2016 theme "From Farm to Table – Food System Biosecurity for Animal Agriculture" focused on identifying risks, challenges and solutions of animal disease epidemics at a time when both the swine and poultry industries are still recovering from much-publicized and economically damaging disease outbreaks. See Conference Speakers, Agenda HERE. Watch for Proceedings and Presentations, coming soon. 

ARPAS Approved 13 CEUs for Annual Conference, 6 CEUs for BVD Forum

Dr. Rick Sibbel to Lead Merck Food–Animal Technical Services

NIAA Board member Rick Sibbel, DVM, has been named Executive Director of Technical Services for Merck Animal Health's recently formed U.S. Food Animal Team.

In his new role, Dr. Sibbel oversees the technical services and pharmacovigilance groups for the company's ruminants, swine and poultry businesses.

"I'm delighted to lead this group of talented and committed veterinarians and Ph.D. ruminant nutritionists – a group committed to working across the food production sectors to help ensure we can continue to help put safe, high–quality meals on the tables of families around the world," said Dr. Sibbel.

"At the same time, it's also our job to help make sure we are focusing on animal well–being for those animals under our veterinary care. Balanced animal well–being husbandry practices, using sound science and the proper use of technologies are critical to animal health and performance and pivotal to the safe, efficient production of food." From Bovine Veterinarian, 05/31/16

Dr. Michael Coe, DVM, PhD, appointed as Vice President, Business Development, SmartVet Holdings Inc.

As part of its ongoing growth and continued expansion of its management team, SmartVet announces that Dr. Michael Coe has assumed the role of Vice President, Business Development. Dr Coe, who serves NIAA as a member of the Executive Committee, is an experienced senior animal health executive, having most recently led the sales and marketing of diagnostic services at Animal Profiling International as Vice President, Animal Health. Prior to this he was Technology Services Director, Global Integrated Livestock Business Unit, Merck Animal Health where he led several global, cross–functional teams developing innovative, technology–based products and services focused on adding value to customers' businesses beyond traditional product support and field technical service. SmartVet News Release, 05/10/16
Veterinary Services Grant Program Applications Now Available

USDA NIFA announces the inaugural request for application (RFA) for the new Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) has been released. Links to the RFA and other information necessary to apply for this competitive grant through Grants.Gov are provided at NIFA’s VSGP homepage: The application period opens May 4 and closes Friday, June 17, 2016. NIFA anticipates awards will be announced by September, 2016. Interested applicants, especially those new to the process of applying for federal funds, are encourage to thoroughly read the RFA and all information under the “VSGP Applicants” tab on the VSGP homepage (direct link:

Note that there are important registration processes applicants can and should begin as soon as possible to ensure there is sufficient time to meet application submission requirements. NIFA will be presenting informational webinars for applicants at the following dates and times (see VSGP home page for additional webinar information and links):

  • Education, Extension & Training (EET) Project Types: Tue. May 10, 11am-1pm (eastern)
  • Rural Practice Enhancement (RPE) Project Types: Wed. May 11, 1pm to 3pm (eastern)
  • Rural Practice Enhancement (RPE) Project Types: Sun. May 15, 1pm to 3pm (eastern)

The list of qualified applicant/entity categories is long, ranging from private practice veterinarians serving animal agriculture, to organizations and associations, to state, local and tribal government entities, to institutions of higher education (see RFA for complete list of qualified entities; federal entities are ineligible). If you or your practice/organization/institution/agency is/are interested in conducting projects aimed at helping to relieve U.S. veterinary shortages through enhancing private practice capability and capacity, by improving public health, or by expanding education, training and extension programs for veterinary or veterinary technology students, and/or practicing veterinary technicians and veterinarians (see RFA for compete list of eligible activities), this competitive grant program may offer an opportunity to pursue your goals. Questions about the VSGP should be emailed to


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