"The Need for Veterinary Involvement in the Airline Industry" with Dr. Nelva Bryant
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About the Event
Animals are transported domestically and internationally via air for zoos, aquariums, and research facilities. Animals are also transported for commercial purposes and as personal pets. Specific animal welfare regulations and policies must be abided by to ensure these animals arrive to their destinations safely. Veterinary involvement in the airline industry is needed to explain the regulations, ensure compliance with animal welfare regulations, educate animal shippers/animal owners of the regulations, assist with monitoring the health and welfare of animals during air transport, and guide decisions related to the transportation of animals. During the presentation, Dr. Bryant will discuss how having veterinary involvement in the airline industry could benefit animal welfare.
Dr. Bryant’s veterinary career is not typical. Upon graduating from veterinary college, she was torn between small animal clinical practice and veterinary pathology. After being in clinical practice for 1 year, she decided to take steps towards becoming a veterinary pathologist. She obtained additional veterinary pathology training and then joined the US Army for 3 years. She then transferred to the US Public Health Service and held numerous positions related to animal and public health. To further advance her skills, she completed an MPH degree through the University of Iowa MPH for Practicing Veterinarians program. Upon retiring, she has been employed by Delta Air Lines as their industry first in-house veterinarian to review and revise policies related to the transportation of live animals.
Along her career pathway, Nelva obtained a unique skillset. Her knowledge of veterinary pathology, infectious and zoonotic diseases, veterinary public health, CDC’s dog importation regulations, international and national animal transportation regulations, and airline live animal transportation policies has made her an expert in the field of animal transportation. As a consultant, she shares her observations at veterinary conferences and via webinars. She also serves on numerous council/advisory boards.