|The Ever-So-Timely Formation of a Maryland
Equine Health Advisory Committee
Other topics too specific for the blueprint were the establishment of a fund to cope with catastrophic equine health events and a study of potential health issues associated with the wild pony population on Assateague Island.
In addition to Mike Erskine, Th e Task Force for the Creation of the Maryland Horse Industry Board’s Health Advisory Committee included J. Robert Burk (Maryland Horse Industry Board executive director); Willard Hawkins,
D.V.M. (Animal Health Sec- tion, Maryland Department of Agriculture); William P. Higgins, D.V.M., Ph.D. (Animal Health Section, Maryland De- partment of Agriculture); Shari Kennedy, D.V.M. (Southern Maryland Equine Veterinary Service Inc., Maryland Horse Council); Crystal Brumme Kimball (Th e Equiery, Maryland Horse Council); John W. Lee Jr., D.V.M. (Unionville Equine Associates P.C., Mary- land Horse Industry Board, Cecil County Equine Industry Task Force); Amy Polkes, D.V.M., D.A.C.V.I.M. (Damascus Equine Associates); and Eleanor M. Trueman (Trueman Communications Group Inc., Maryland Horse Council).
The purpose of the Maryland Equine Health Advisory Committee is to advise the Maryland Horse Industry Board and the Department of Agriculture on matters of equine health and disease in the state. Th e task force created a structure for the committee that balanced the need for representation of the varied and vast equine interests in the state with a workable size group that can be effective. Making up the final committee will be representation from each of the following groups or interests: the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, the Maryland Association of Equine Practitioners, the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center at College Park, the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, the office of the Maryland state veterinarian, the University of Maryland School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Maryland Cooperative Extension Services, the licensed veterinarian from the Maryland Horse Industry Board, an additional member from the Maryland Horse Industry Board, a licensed stable operator who is a member of the Maryland Horse Council, and an additional member from the Maryland Horse Council. At least two members should be in private veterinary practice. Members will service staggered four-year terms.
Th e Equine Health Advisory Committee is tasked with ensuring the establishment and implementation of effective industry and community communication vehicles, and with review and advising on state policies and protocols regarding reportable diseases (are current regulations adequate? Does the list of reportable diseases need to be added to or amended?), state statutes and regulations relating to equine health, interstate health requirements, the capabilities of Maryland State Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratories, and emergency preparedness protocols.
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