Veterinary Entomology Initiatives

Below are the current initiatives and objectives for veterinary entomology. If you are interested in getting involved in one or more of these projects, please contact one of the leads for more information. 

Increase taxonomic and pest management training opportunities for veterinary entomologists (particularly ECPs)

Leads: Alec Gerry, Amy Murillo, and Jamie Blow
  • Activity: Facilitate access to suitable training courses
    • Identify currently available training courses in the U.S. and facilitate discovery of these courses by MUVE members through creation of a “training opportunities” landing page on the ESA-MUVE website.
    • Determine gaps in training needs and facilitate development of new training courses developed by MUVE members to fill these gaps.
  • Activity: Develop a resource sharing library for on-line pictorial insect keys
    • Identify currently available online insect ID keys
    • Determine suitable method to share keys through ESA-MUVE website

Organize resource library for laboratory protocols 

Leads: Dana Nayduch and Annie Rich

Problem: Entomologists need access to detailed protocols for their research because methods sections from manuscripts do not contain enough information. Protocols are used for research, grant proposals and teaching. Detailed protocols are often housed with the developer and not shared publicly. A permanent, citable, shareable location for protocols is needed.

Goal: Develop archive of accessible MUVE related protocols

Approach and Progress: 

  • For citable laboratory or field protocols to be shared with the Entomology community: 
    • A MUVE group has been created at protocols.io, and several example protocols can be viewed and shared. https://www.protocols.io/groups/esa-muve/protocols
    • Protocols.io assigns a permanent DOI to your protocol once published, allowing for it to be cited in grant proposals, manuscripts, course materials, texts, etc.
    • We now invite all MUVE members to try out the system by inputting their MUVE-related laboratory protocols at our MUVE site. 
    • Use the above link to request to be added to the MUVE group at protocols.io. If you experience issues, contact Dana Nayduch.
    • We have found the site interface easy to use, but Dana and Annie also can send basic instructions by request.

Example protocols:

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