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Former USDA officials say feds critically short of veterinarians

Veterinarians' groups predict shortage of highly educated staff will decrease U.S. food safety

Sometimes when a door swings open, opportunity for change has the chance to enter. That’s what some members of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians are hoping will happen now that two top food safety positions at the U.S, Department of Agriculture are in line for new leadership. On July 31, Al Almanza retired from… Continue Reading

FDA Releases Guidance for Veterinary Feed Directive Format

The Food and Drug Administration has released draft guidance recommending a common format for the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) form. Last June, FDA published the final rule regarding the VFD, which brings the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals under veterinary supervision so that they are used only when necessary for assuring animal health. During… Continue Reading

FDA Finalizes Veterinary Feed Directive

On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration published the final rule for its Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), which brings the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals under veterinary supervision so that they are used only when necessary for assuring animal health. “That means using a product for a specifically-identified disease, at the right dose, and for… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters Sent to Vet, Juice Maker, Seafood Processor, Importer

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to a veterinarian, a juice producer, and two seafood facilities – one processor and an importer. FDA wrote to Dr. Rebecca W. Allen, DVM, of Vergennes, VT, about extralabel use of approved veterinary or human drugs in animals that didn’t comply with the Federal… Continue Reading

Uncommon Veterinarian Podcast: Interview with Food Safety Veterinarian Dr. Romina Hennig

Opinion

This is Episode 4 of the Uncommon Veterinarian Podcast, originally published on Elliott Garber’s Uncommon Veterinarian website and printed here with permission. In this episode, I interview Dr. Romina Hennig, a 2009 veterinary graduate from the University of Florida. She currently works full-time in Washington, D.C., as an Enforcement, Investigations and Analysis Officer with the U.S…. Continue Reading

Too Few Food-Animal Vets, Warn Food Safety Pros

Despite the central role that veterinarians play in food safety, a critical shortage of food-animal veterinarians is threatening the safety of the U.S. food supply, warns Veterinarian Ron DeHaven, CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association, in a video put out by the association. DeHaven said that one of the main reasons for the shortage is… Continue Reading

Implications of Rapid Diagnostic Testing

As part of the 2010 Annual Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance, Symposium 3 brought together experts to present during a symposium titled, “Implications of Rapid Diagnostic Testing.” Presenters for this portion of the conference included Dr. Ian Gardner, MPVM, BVSc, PhD, of the University of California (Davis, CA) and Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan, MPH, from the… Continue Reading

Canadian Court Gives Vet House Arrest

A Canadian veterinarian is now under house arrest for making false written statements. The Ontario Court of Justice in Woodstock found Dr. Brian Hill guilty of a global count of violating section 35(1) of Canada’s Health of Animals Act. Dr. Hill received a 12-month conditional sentence, which is resulting in nine months of house arrest…. Continue Reading