July webinar series – Partnering for Dairy Antimicrobial Stewardship: A Conference for Farmers and Veterinarians in the West
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.
The program was previously scheduled for April 17, 2020 but due to COVID-19, has moved online. The direct links for the webinars’ registrations are below.
- Register for July 8 here.
- Register for July 15 here.
- Register for July 22 here.
- Register for July 29 here.
Veterinarians who qualify for continuing education credit will receive a certificate at the end, indicating total number of continuing education hours in which they enrolled.
For more information and further updates, please check the WSU Extension website.
Posted June 19, 2020