Texas Agencies Name Speakers for CWD Symposium

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas Animal Health Commission have announced the speakers for the upcoming CWD Symposium, scheduled for Jan. 12, 2016, in Austin, Texas.

Recently, representatives of six cervid associations unanimously recommended six renowned scientists from across the country to participate in the symposium, and state agencies have named several of the recommended speakers for the event.

Speakers at the January symposium will include:

Dr. Lisa Wolfe, DVM, Co. Parks and Wildlife

Dr. Nathan Shotts, DVM, VERGE Group

Dr. Mike Miller, DVM, Co. Parks and Wildlife

Dr. Nicholas Haley, DVM, PhD, Midwestern University

Dr. Tracy Nichols, PhD, USDA-APHIS-WS

Dr. Alecia Naugle, DVM, PhD, USDA-APHIS-VS, who has requested that Dr. Randy Pritchard present on her behalf.

"The slate of recommendations included many highly-qualified individuals, and we have made our preliminary selections based upon the skill set that each of these presenters brings to the discussion, focusing on research and subject matter we believe most applicable to crafting alternative testing protocol that includes ante-mortem testing," said TPWD Executive Director Clayton Wolf.

In addition, Wolf stated the symposium would conclude with a discussion focused on
"applicability of the research, particularly as it relates to aspects of new rule development. This may include a presentation to include modeling efforts already conducted in conjunction with existing research and surveillance."

The symposium will be held on at the Texas Disposal System event center in Austin, Texas. Registration is limited, so TPWD plans to make a video recording of the event available online.