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  1. MISSION ARCTIC CROSSROADS MISSION ARCTIC CROSSROADS 2010 2010 LCDR Mary Anne Duncan LCDR Wanda Wilson

  2. ARCTIC CROSSROADS 2010 • August 2nd – 12th 2010 • United States Coast Guard (USCG), in cooperation with the Alaska National Guard and Alaska Air Guard • Multi-mission deployment to Northern Alaska 

  3. OVERALL MISSION GOALS • Determine the operational effectiveness and overall capabilities of Coast Guard response boats and communication equipment • Provide medical, veterinary, dental, and optometry care, and boating safety awareness to eight underserved boroughs

  4. VETERINARY TEAMS Team 1 • LCDR Wanda Wilson • LCDR Mary Anne Duncan Team 2 • Stacy Holzbauer • Kevin Greene

  5. VETERINARY MISSION OBJECTIVES • Go door-to-door in the villages • Vaccinate dogs and cats for rabies and treat them with a dewormer • Vaccinate dogs for distemper, adenovirus, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus (DALPP) • To address any health concerns

  6. VETERINARY ACCOMPLISHMENTS • 199 dogs and cats vaccinated for rabies • 319 dogs and cats dewormed • 294 dogs vaccinated with DALPP • 9 sick or injured animals received medical consultations • 2 lay vaccinators were trained • Children given books on care and treatment of animals and food safety

  7. TEAM 1 IMPACTS • Provided veterinary care equivalent to $17,680 in services • Integral part of zoonotic disease control in this region. • Lay vaccinators that were trained will support efforts to reduce the incidence of rabies in Alaska

  8. MISSION CHALLENGES • Working dog/pet care needs of the region went well beyond vaccinations • Villages were expecting us to deliver general health care as well • Service most requested was for spays and neuters -- received 5-15 requests per village

  9. MISSION CHALLENGES • Several requests for euthanasias (2-5 per village) • Did not have euthanasia solution or an established process for disposing of the remains

  10. SUPPLIES BROUGHT BY TEAM • Stethoscopes • Thermometer • Penlight • Alcohol, peroxide • Hand sanitizer wipes • Muzzles • Cat bag • Rabies pole • Clippers • Razor • Gauze, cotton balls • Surgical scrub • Mini surgical packs • Suture • Ear cleaner • Nail trimmers • Quick Stop • Eye wash • Fluorescein dye • Antibiotic eye ointment • Nystatin, neomycin, thiostrepton and triamcinolone ointment

  11. RECOMMENDATIONS • Provide equipment and medications needed for basic pet care or arrange for use of a federal cache of veterinary supplies (i.e. National Veterinary Response Team cache) • Purchase broad spectrum dewormers: • Dogs: praziquantel/pyrantelpamoate/febanteldewormer • Cats: praziquantel/pyrantelpamoate • Pregnant animals and young puppies/kittens: pyrantelpamoate

  12. RECOMMENDATIONS • Provide maps of the villages • Aid in locating pets • Mark areas that were recently treated by previous missions • Mark areas where animals were vaccinated if whole village not covered • Include veterinarians in the planning process of future missions