Importation and Interstate Transportation of Animals that Pose an Agricultural Risk (1429)
Public and Corporate Practice |  Preventive Medicine
Friday |  3:00 PM -  3:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||217C



Rachel Cezar DVM
USDA APHIS Veterinary Services

Dr. Rachel Cezar is currently Director of Live Animal Imports for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Veterinary Services. She has recently taken on this role in April 2016. Previously, she served as a Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer and National Coordinator for the USDA Horse Protection Program. In this position, she led multiple veterinarians and animal care inspectors responsible for enforcing the Horse Protection Act to eliminate 'soring,' an illegal training practice designed to make a horse perform an exaggerated unnatural gait; one technique involves applying caustic painful chemicals to the horses' legs. Dr Cezar was in this position since 2007. From 2004 to 2007, she began her service in the federal government as a Veterinary Medical Officer for USDA APHIS Veterinary Services in Michigan coordinating the Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance, Scrapie Surveillance and Wild Horse Burro Compliance Programs.<br><br>She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 from Michigan State University. Prior to beginning her career in the federal government in 2004, Dr Cezar worked in equine veterinary hospitals in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Lexington, KY. She has also served as a Public Health Officer in the Air National Guard in Fort Wayne, IN and Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, DC from 2006-2012 and currently still holds her Major officer status in the inactive ready reserves.<br><br>Dr Cezar is very engaged in organized veterinary medicine and diversity initiatives in which she currently serves as President-Elect of the Women's Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI), serves as an USDA agency representative for National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV), sits on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House of Delegates for District of Columbia Veterinary Medical Association (DCVMA) and chairs the Leadership Development Committee for the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 1


USDA Veterinary Services National Import Export Services and Surveillance, Preparedness, Response Services play pivotal roles in mitigation of animal disease incursions via importation of animals that are a risk for agriculture as well as monitoring domestic animal health status via interstate shipments. In doing so, these interconnected Services protect our National herds and flocks and in doing so, protect our nation's export status. This presentation will highlight some facets of these two types of movement and how they dovetail to form the system of protection that currently exists.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe international movement restrictions and requirements to be met before importation of regulated animals occurs

2. Describe interstate movement restrictions and requirements to be met before interstate movement of regulated animals occurs

3. Discuss how international and interstate movement restrictions work together to protect our national flocks and herds as well as our export status with our trading partners