MADISON – Seminars are scheduled at 10 Wisconsin locations for veterinarians who need to be certified or recertified to conduct caudal fold testing for bovine tuberculosis.
The training is required for veterinarians last certified in 2008, newly licensed veterinarians who plan to do TB testing, and others seeking certification in Wisconsin for the first time. The certification will be good until 2014. The training is free and preregistration is not required.
Caudal fold testing, or CFT, is done only on cattle, bison and goats. Separate certification is required to do single cervical testing on deer.
The seminar schedule follows:
La Crosse – Monday, May 23, 7-10 p.m., Days Hotel & Conference Center, 101 Sky Harbour Drive, Mississippi Room
Belmont -- Wednesday, May 25, 7-10 p.m., Baymont Inn Conference Center, 103 W. Mound View Ave., conference center
Oshkosh -- Wednesday, June 1, 7-10 p.m., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Gruenhagen Conference Center, 208 Osceola Ave., Titan Lounge
Eau Claire -- Wednesday, June 1, 7-10 p.m., Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W. Clairemont Ave., River Room 30A
Barron -- Thursday, June 2, 7-10 p.m., Barron County Courthouse, 330 E. LaSalle Ave., auditorium
Merrill -- Friday, June 3, 7-10 p.m., AmericInn, 3300 E. Main St.
Hancock -- Saturday, June 4, 1-4 p.m., Hancock Agricultural Research Station, N3909 County Road V, office building
Oconto Falls -- Saturday, June 4, 1-4 p.m., Oconto Falls Community Library, 251 N. Main St., meeting room
Oconomowoc -- Saturday, June 11, 1-4 p.m., Oconomowoc Public Library
200 South St., Hiram A. Lyke meeting room
Madison -- Wednesday, July 13, 1-4 p.m., Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2811 Agriculture Drive, board room
Wisconsin began requiring training and certification in 2005, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has since instituted the same requirement. The change was in response to an upswing in cattle TB cases nationwide at a time when most Wisconsin veterinarians have never seen TB, because the state was declared free of the disease in 1986.
About 630 veterinarians in Wisconsin are certified to do official TB testing.