Project KHV Forms Dealer Certification Program
Program continues efforts to battle koi herpesvirus (KHV)
By Eve Adamson
|Certificate recipients can advertise their participation in the program. |
Project KHV, a charitable organization under the aegis of the Associated Koi Clubs of America, an umbrella organization representing more than 100 koi clubs around the country, recently developed the Koi Dealer Best Health Practices Certification Program in its continuing efforts to battle koi herpesvirus (KHV).
“We’ve got this dread disease called KHV, and it’s kicking our booties,” said Spike Cover, director of Project KHV. “Koi people know how to fight disease and we can pretty much handle most of the things nature throws at us because we are able to cure them. KHV is not like that. There is nothing you can do to cure it. As a hobbyist, you can only hope to prevent it.
“We have a steering committee of hobbyists and one veterinarian, and we look at ways to deal with KHV,” Cover said. ”The Koi Dealer Best Health Practices Certification Program was our answer.”
While Cover acknowledges the BHP program can’t eliminate KHV entirely, the program’s purpose is to help control the disease’s spread within the United States.
Written by a group of aquatic animal-health professionals, the BHP consists of essential requirements dealers agree to meet, including facility configuration, quarantine, ongoing staff training, record keeping and bio-security, with adherence verified and continually monitored by participating veterinarians via monthly dealer reports, periodic site inspections and immediate reporting of any suspected KHV, with corrective actions taken as necessary.
Certified dealers would agree to quarantine all incoming koi at a temperature necessary for active KHV to be revealed. Dealers who meet all requirements receive a certificate and can advertise their participation in the program. They will also gain the personal attention of a veterinarian.
Veterinarians who choose to be involved must agree to certify only those dealers who meet the BHP’s essential requirements, but will then be allowed to use the program for free and charge for their services. Veterinarians who desire more specific koi-health training can also participate in an online course currently under development.
The BHP program has already completed beta testing. Cover said the BHP program would launch during the second quarter of 2009.
Cover would like to hand over the program to an overseeing organization of veterinarians who could continue to develop the program in response to new research.
Visit the Project KHV website for more information about the BHP program’s status <HOME>
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