201207 Role and Authority of Local Boards of Health in Animal Control

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 9:15 AM

John C. Saccenti, MS in Ed , Career Development Institute, Kendall Park NJ, NJ
Public Health Policy Development In Animal Control

One way public health insures the safety of our citizens is through prevention of zoonotic diseases. Public health regulations addressing control of rabies are some of the earliest rules. The disposal of dead animals and the potential for disease based on improper disposal also was an early concern of public health. As societal standards developed, animal cruelty statutes also fell under many public health codes. With scientific advances and changing public perceptions, public policy toward animal control must change in order to reflect societal changes. The major body throughout 44 of our states that sets this public policy is the local board of health. It is the members of the board of health, elected or appointed officials that establish the health department, hire the health officer, and establish the policies that must be implemented by that health department. Should advocates of TNR wish to make changes in public policy, they must go to the source of that policy. They must explain to the policy makers, the board of health, and local governing bodies the financial, public health and ethical advantages of adopting policies that reflect new trends in animal control. A key element in seeing that any new policies are implemented properly is the establishment of appropriate training programs for staff. Qualty training is required not only to develop the skills necessary for the implementation of such policies as trap neuter and release, but also to educate the public and build community support.

Learning Objectives:
Identify the powers of local Boards of Health In Animal Control Describe how to bring about policy changes through LOcal Boards of Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: President National Association of Local Boarfs of Health, President New Jersey Local Boards of Health association
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Career Development Institute Animal Control Training Employment (includes retainer) and Stock Ownership

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.