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: 

Do you have laboratory or field protocols that you would like to publish in a citable format, in order to share with the community, cite in papers or reference in grant proposals? Please check out our MUVE page at protocols.io. When you go to the link, you can request to join the MUVE group and then upload your protocols in a variety of formats (e.g. PDF) or use protocols.io tools to develop step-by-step protocols from scratch, and options to upload images and other media. On the MUVE page you also will see several protocols already published that you can use as examples, or be creative and format your protocol however you wish.

Once completed and released, your protocol will have a permanent DOI assigned, and all modifications or updates to the protocol will also be recorded. Now you will be able to easily cite the DOI for your protocols in manuscripts, grants, teaching tools and for general dissemination to colleagues and collaborators. Protocols.io is fairly intuitive and easy to use, but if you would like further information or instructions please contact Dana Nayduch at dana.nayduch@usda.gov.

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