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New Agribusiness Course Brings Cattle Industry & State Animal Health Officials Together

A new Texas A&M AgriLife course hosted by the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, IIAD, is providing executive-level state animal health officials, SAHOs, with important insights into the business of the cattle industry so they may better understand the full impact of responding to an animal disease outbreak.

“This course is a one-week, in-person and hands-on training opportunity for SAHOs from throughout the country to learn the agribusiness realities facing the U.S. commercial cattle feeding and dairy industries,” said Dee Ellis, DVM, Ph.D., an AgriLife Research veterinarian in the Department of Entomology in Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Ellis was the primary developer of the Cattle Agribusiness Course, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, APHIS, through the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program. Ellis said those who will benefit from the course include state, assistant state and field veterinarians, veterinary program managers, field epidemiologists, agribusiness industry specialists and consultants, and regulatory and quality control professionals.

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