The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) held a regularly scheduled Commission meeting on Aug. 23 in Austin.
Chapter 47, Authorized Personnel, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Authorized Personnel Requirements
The proposed rule clarifies that only Certified CWD Veterinarians may collect antemortem (live animal) CWD samples. Non-veterinarians may only collect postmortem CWD samples. As such, the commission changed the title of such individuals from “Certified CWD Sample Collector” to “Certified CWD Postmortem Sample Collector.” The rule also includes the requirements for Certified CWD Veterinarians.
To view details of the adopted rule visit http://www.tahc.texas.gov/regs/code.html
The following rule amendments were proposed:
Chapter 38, Trichomoniasis, Certification Period and Sample Submission Timeframe: The proposed rule will extend the certification period of veterinarians certified to perform trichomoniasis program activities from 3 years to 5 years. The proposed definition of “cattle” will exclude bison, which eliminates the requirement to test bison for trichomoniasis. Lastly, the proposed rule decreases the time frame in which a veterinarian must submit and the lab must receive a test sample from 120 hours to 96 hours after collection.
Chapter 40, Chronic Wasting Disease, Repeal and Propose Movement Restriction Zones and Carcass Entry Requirements: The proposed rules will create new movement restriction zones in areas of the state where animals have been disclosed as CWD positive. Also being proposed are new requirements for CWD-susceptible species carcasses entering the state from areas where CWD has been detected in free-ranging or captive herds.
The TAHC began accepting public comments for the proposals on Sept. 9, 2016. The deadline for comment submissions on the proposed amendments is Oct. 10, 2016. Complete details of the rule proposals are available on the TAHC website at http://www.tahc.texas.gov/regs/proposals.html
The TAHC encourages and appreciates all comments. Comments on the proposals must be submitted in writing to Amanda Bernhard, Texas Animal Health Commission, 2105 Kramer Lane, Austin, Texas 78758, by fax at 512-719-0719, or by email to [email protected].