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Veterinary surveillance laboratories: developing the training program.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21181671     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The increased need and demand for onsite, frequent, rapid, and portable food and bottled water testing for indicators of microbiological and chemical agents led to the deployment of 2 laboratory veterinary equipment sets. A Surveillance Food Laboratory Program (SFLP) was developed to allow Veterinary Corps commanders to establish targeted testing programs to enhance food safety and wholesomeness, along with faster responses to food defense, suspected foodborne illness, and food/water risk assessment missions. To support the deployment of the veterinary equipment sets and the SFLP, 2 new functional courses were developed by the Department of Veterinary Science. The Surveillance Food Laboratory Technician Course teaches essential technical skills that include sample processing, assay methodologies, results review, and interpretation of results produced by these laboratories. The Surveillance Food Laboratory Manager Course, developed for designated managers of the laboratories and laboratory programs, teaches the skills critical to ensuring proper surveillance laboratory oversight, testing, evaluation of results, risk communication, and response to presumptive positive results produced by the laboratories. Together, the courses allowed for the successful deployment of the unique veterinary equipment sets, resulting in development of fully operational surveillance laboratories in support of food protection missions in every major theater of operations.
Authors:
Staci L Mitchell; Katasha T McCline; Margery M Hanfelt
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  U.S. Army Medical Department journal     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1524-0436     ISO Abbreviation:  US Army Med Dep J     Publication Date:    2010 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9617037     Medline TA:  US Army Med Dep J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  22-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
US Army Medical Department Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
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