The United States Animal Health Association will be hosting the Future of the National Tuberculosis Program to provide stakeholders the opportunity to address concerns and input needs on TB, on July 20-21, 2009 at the Radisson Hotel, Denver-Stapleton Plaza.

The symposium is a focused event for cattlemen, dairymen, veterinarians, regulators, diagnosticians and wildlife experts to come together in a dedicated forum to address the needs of the National Bovine Tuberculosis Program in the United States.

"As we continue to deal with TB in livestock and wildlife in the U.S., it’s important that our national program is properly structured to best address the disease in today’s challenges," says USAHA President Donald Hoenig, and Maine State Veterinarian. "This is an opportunity for USAHA to pull key stakeholders together on a specific topic to help expedite a solution for farmers and ranchers."

The event will feature updates from USDA on feedback from both their internal and external TB listening sessions, key experiences from states dealing with TB, and facilitated, technical breakout sessions that will provide multiple opportunities for open dialogue on priority program areas. USAHA will compile the discussion notes, including optional recommendations compiled from the meeting participants, into a comprehensive report on the meeting deliberations.

The program is set to begin at 1 p.m. on July 20th, and end at 3:30 p.m. on July 21st. Registration for the meeting is $100.00 per person. Participants will receive a copy of the final report upon its completion. comprehensive report that will provide details of program needs to regulators, symposium participants and other interested stakeholders. See the tentative agenda for more details on the symposium.

"USAHA embarked on new strategic planning last year, and one of the results of that was to continue evolving USAHA’s efforts outside of its annual meeting," adds Hoenig. "The Future of the National Tuberculosis Program is the type of event that allows USAHA to have a positive impact on important animal health issues."

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