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The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) team is happy to announce that the 2019 Request for Applications has been posted. Applicants will choose from a pool of 190 Shortages in 44 states, the highest number of states in the program's history. Information on the application process can be found here.

We are hosting a webinar for applicants on Wednesday, March 13 at 8am ET. If there is interest among applicants, we may host additional Q&A webinars before the application deadline of close of business on Friday, April 12.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions:  vmlrp.applications@nifa.usda.gov.

The Texas-New Mexico Livestock Joint Investigators Conference was held in Alto, NM on February 12th and 13th and included many subjects related to agriculture crimes. Topics included groups active in agriculture crimes, livestock theft investigations, case reporting, joint intelligence sharing and other networking. This conference provided our inspectors with additional skills to assist in the development of future cases.

Comparing tactics, procedures, and discussing ongoing and past cases were topics of interest during the evening networking sessions. The differences in our missions were discussed and acknowledged by both agencies. While the Texas investigators operate solely with objective of finding the stolen livestock and equipment after the theft, New Mexico uses a preventative approach with our inspection system. The meetings should help our New Mexico inspectors shore up the investigative aspect that Texas is well known for, particularly in prosecutions of agriculture related crime.

A big thanks to Janet Witte and Tracy Beck for their work in coordinating the event and also to Kelly Hamilton for providing the platform with NMDA and the Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management to cover the costs of the conference.

...and what does this have to do with my ranch, dairy, farm, or show animals? Why are we now discussing VFD's and VFD drugs?

Beginning January 1, 2017 a certain class of livestock drugs will find their way onto the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drug list. In 1996 Congress enacted the Animal Drug Availability Act (ADAA, Public Law 104-250) to regulate new animal drugs used in or on animal feed. These uses were limited to those allowed under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. These drugs were termed Veterinary Feed Directive drugs or VFD drugs. Continue reading...

10/19/16 Update

Please note the following relevant NM Board of Veterinary Medicine Rule : "The veterinarian writing a veterinary food directive (VFD) order for premises in New Mexico must be a New Mexico-licensed veterinarian and present on the premises within the six (6) months preceding the issuance of the order.  All elements of the federal rules to issue a VFD order must be met and the issuing veterinarian must provide supporting documentation of the visit to the premises including medical records within fourteen (14) days of a request from the board to provide such documentation"

For additional information, click on the following links:

The FDA site for the Veterinary Feed Directive
List of distributors by state registered to sell the VFD drugs (to date)
List of the drugs transitioning
NM Board of Veterinary Medicine Rules
Read full story on the VFD here

February 2018 update

There are no confirmed cases in the state of New Mexico.

November 2016 update

There have still been no positive VS cases at the national level since the report below.  Should that change, we will place a new article on this at the top of this page.

3/4/2016 (National Situation Report below updated.)

As of November 4, 2015, there are no livestock under Vesicular Stomatitis-related Quarantine in New Mexico.

Vesicular stomatitis is a reportable disease in all fifty states.  Many states have enhanced entry requirements for livestock originating from states where livestock are under quarantine for Vesicular Stomatitis.  Always check with the state of destination before movement of livestock to ensure that entry requirements are met before movement from the state of origin.  Producer and private practitioner vigilance for evidence of vesicular lesions in livestock, and immediate reporting of such findings to state and/or federal animal health officials, is essential for prompt diagnosis and control of disease spread and initiation of movement controls and biosecurity measures to protect other livestock.

VSV Situation Report as of 3-4-2016
VSV Positive Premises Chart as of 10-29-2015
Vesicular Stomatitis Factsheet May 2015

See the document below, both in English and Spanish, for a discussion on how to minimize the risk of your horse getting and/or spreading the EHV-1 virus.

Como puede minimizar el riesgo de su caballo.pdf