The Veterinary Services division of USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has recently released its "CWD Program Standards Working Group Summary Document" for review and comment by the public. This document was the product of a working group that included representatives from the farmed cervid industry, state animal health and wildlife officials, a prion...

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is asking Bandera, Medina and Uvalde County landowners, managers, hunters, processors, taxidermists, and veterinarians to assist with Texas’ Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance efforts by collecting CWD samples from species known to be susceptible to the neurological disease.  These species include white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, red deer, sika...

Ayr, NE-On Friday, the American Cervid Alliance applauded a decision handed down from Osage County, Missouri Associate Court Judge Robert Schollmeyer ruling against the Missouri Department of Conservation's overreaching attempt to ban the importation of deer into the state by deer farmers. The regulations were advanced under the guise of protecting the state from Chronic Wasting...

As deer hunting season takes hold around the country, hunters will again worry about chronic wasting disease, a deer and elk ailment that has been found in 25 states. As states consider regulations to try to stem the spread of CWD, a court ruling in Missouri offers guidance while eliminating some common fears about the...

The Texas Deer Association recently partnered with Texas A&M University and the Texas Animal Health Commission to provide veterinary training for rectal and tonsil biopsies for CWD testing. The training was an overwhelming success! Nearly a dozen veterinarians were certified in rectal and tonsil biopsy removal procedures. We would like to thank Sammy Nooner and the...

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