NM-ALIRT prepares vets, law enforcement for disaster

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John Wenzel, DVM, Extension veterinarian with New Mexico State University, presented information about the New Mexico Agriculture Livestock Incident Response Team (NM-ALIRT) program last week at the 4th FBI International Symposium on Agroterrorism in Kansas City, Mo.

Established in 2007, the program involves a network of veterinary practitioners, geographically scattered around New Mexico, who are equipped and trained to respond to a large or susupicous livestock loss event occurring anywhere in New Mexico.

Wenzel also discussed the Syndromic Surveillance Program which was added in 2008, which is a web-based, predisease monitoring program established between the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center and the USDA.

Read about Arizona's ALIRT program in Bovine Veterinarian (2007)

Watch the video here for Wenzel's thoughts on the importance of veterinarians in these types of programs.

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