Partnering for Dairy Antimicrobial Stewardship: A Conference for Farmers and Veterinarians in the West

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Newer and proposed guidance and regulations from the US Food and Drug Association (FDA) have focused attention on the role of the veterinarian to provide complete oversight of antimicrobial use in food animal production. The Veterinary Feed Directive addressed in-feed antimicrobials and severely restricted uses of these products. In September of 2019, the FDA announced proposed guidance on the use of over-the-counter drugs (OTC), eventually eliminating their use and requiring veterinary prescriptions for any antimicrobial. The state of California passed legislation (Senate Bill 27) in 2015 that created a unit within the department of agriculture and mandated no OTC drug sales and additional requirements for veterinary oversight.

As a result of these regulatory actions and proposed new federal rules, the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine (WSU/CVM), the Washington Department of Agriculture, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the University of California, Davis (UCD), and the University of Idaho have joined forces to garner FDA funding for a conference on dairy antimicrobial stewardship. The program is for dairy farmers and veterinarians to hear about new guidelines, discuss principles of antimicrobial stewardship and gather information on tools to help with adopting antimicrobial stewardship guidelines that fit with their businesses.

Details of this April 17, 2020, program that will reach farmers and veterinarians in California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington State can be accessed on the WSU Extension website.

The conference is free and provides six hours of continuing education credit approved by the CDFA and WSU. The face-to-face site is in Portland, OR at the Sheraton Airport Hotel with webcasts to Lynden WA, Twin Falls ID, and Orland, Modesto and Tulare, CA.

Please join us on April 17, 2020, and bring your dairy clients. For more information and to register, visit the WSU Extension website.


Posted November 1, 2019