Episode #61: What is SHIC?

In this episode of the SwineTime podcast, host Dr. Spencer Wayne interviews Dr. Megan Niederwerder, Executive Director of the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC). SHIC, established in 2015, focuses on identifying and mitigating emerging disease risks for the U.S. swine herd.

SHIC is supported by pork checkoff funds and its mission involves global disease monitoring, data analysis, coordinated communications, preparedness activities, and targeted research investments to develop new tools and technologies for swine health. Drs. Niederwerder and Wayne discuss SHIC’s work surrounding emerging diseases like African swine fever (ASF), classical swine fever (CSF), pseudorabies, and Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV). SHIC also supports programs like the Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Project and the Swine Disease Reporting System to track domestic disease trends.

Listeners are encouraged to visit SHIC’s website (swinehealth.org) for resources, biosecurity protocols, and to sign up for newsletters with monthly disease monitoring reports and research updates.

Tune in for practical insights and the latest in swine health!

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