ICS – Incident Command System

Acronyms! Wow can we generate some acronyms.

ICS Incident Command System

NIMS National Incident Management System

NCAHEM National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management

NAHERC National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps

VS (USDA APHIS VS) Veterinary Services (as opposed to VSV – Vesicular Stomatitis Virus)

If you’re going to play in this game you must know how to communicate. Otherwise you become “noise in the system” which is another way of saying an impediment to accomplishing a goal.

Yes the fires are already burning. So this is a bit late to the party. Still if you want to help, remember that old adage, “Ready. Aim. Fire!”

It really does help to know what you’re doing and get that process in the right order! Too often the Fire! part is the first thing we do. (We do like action, don’t we?) But being an important, contributing part in a larger whole means learning how to function in the role you’re assigned.

Efforts are underway in many places around the state to (re-) create or (re-) invigorate the old CART (County Animal Response Teams) or similar groups that were formed in the wake of Rodeo-Chediski, Exotic Newcastle’s Disease epidemic, and other nasties that Mother Nature threw at AZ in the early 2000s.

Please consider helping – and in a manner that’s helpful! Contacting your county emergency response folks would be a good place to start if you’re interested, as well as folks here in the SVO (state vet’s office).


Some of you may remember that I mentioned a couple of months back that USDA APHIS VS was closing the AZ Area Office (located in Tempe).

We received a letter today notifying the public that health certificate endorsements will end on May 31, 2012.

So please be aware after that date, all endorsements will be handled via appointment and/or mail return service out of the Albuquerque, NM office. Please plan accordingly!

Live Stock

Sometimes Roamin’ The Range is a closer-to-home thing. Here’s today’s big event.

For those of you who like to keep score, the time between first shot and last was 1 hour 8 minutes. Time between feet first out and foal out with head up was 26 minutes.

My apologies for not having lightbox functionality installed – yet. But I thought most folks wouldn’t mind moving back and forth from thumbnails to enlarged versions for the time being. Enjoy the ride.

Vesicular Stomatitis Virus – AZ Restrictions on NM Livestock

Due to the confirmation of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus in equine in NM, AZ has tightened entry requirements on livestock entering from NM.

A CVI (certificate of veterinary inspection) otherwise known as a health certificate is now required within 15 days of entry for all livestock from NM.

Also a prior Entry Permit # is now also required for equine entering AZ (as has been the case for other livestock) so that we may verify origin is not within a known quarantine area.

I know this adds to folks’ obstacles to travel into AZ. But I hope folks realize we’re trying hard to prevent this disease from creating bigger problems for folks in AZ.

You can read the entire Administrative Order at the AZ Dept of AG web site or follow the link I put in.

Vesicular Stomatitis Virus Update – Canadian Restrictions

New Import Measures for Horses Entering Canada from the United States

Canadian Food Inspection Agency has implemented entry restrictions on horses which originate in NM from entering Canada. Canadian announcement is here.

AZ is also in the process of tightening entry requirements on all livestock entering from NM. The Administrative Order to implement these changes is in the process of being signed and will be posted shortly. Stay tuned!