Officials urge anthrax vaccinations for S.D. cattle herds (via Tri-State Neighbor)

State veterinarians in South Dakota are encouraging cattle producers to include anthrax vaccine in their vaccination program when they turn cattle out to summer pastures this spring. Tri-State Neighbor quotes Russ Daly, SDSU Extension veterinarian: “Anthrax is a disease of cattle and other ruminants that results in sudden death in affected animals. It is also […]

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Animal health and human health are inextricably linked (via The Hill)

Peter Pitts, former FDA Associate Commissioner, discusses the Food and Drug Administration’s long-awaited policy announcement on antibiotic use in food animals in a recent op-ed posted in The Hill. Pitts summarizes that the new policy aligns antibiotic use in animals and humans and eliminates the use of antibiotics as growth promoters, with all medically important […]

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AHI issues summary, responds to questions, regarding FDA guidance documents

On April 11 the Food and Drug Administration published three documents providing additional information on implementing its policy on the use of antibiotics in food animals. AHI recently posted educational material summarizing FDA Guidance Documents 209 and 213, as well as the veterinary feed directive (VFD).  In addition, AHI created a question and answer sheet […]

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Animal Health, Food Safety Link Studied (via Farm Futures)

A team of experts took on the challenge to look at the science of how changes to animal health impacts food safety. “The Direct Relationship between Animal Health and Food Safety Outcomes,” published by the Council for Agriculture Science and Technology, cites challenges agriculture faces in meeting some consumer demands while maintaining animal health and […]

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Report: Chronic Disease Grows with Pets’ Waists (via Veterinary Practice News)

The recently released State of Pet Health 2012 Report, shows that certain chronic diseases in dogs and cats have risen drastically since 2007. The 2012 report, organized by Banfield Pet Hospital, shows that chronic diseases have continued to increase, some at an alarming rate. Overweight and obesity increased 37 percent in dogs and 90 percent […]

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