July 15, 2015

We eat, study, and enjoy looking at octopuses. They are masters of camouflage and escape artists. Of all the invertebrate animals, the octopus is the smartest, its intelligence akin to what we expect only from mammals. Veterinarians in the field of aquatic animal medicine work with a vast array of creatures, from whales and birds to crabs and worms. The octopus for these veterinarians is easily among the most memorable.

Issues

Construction of a $1.25 billion foreign animal disease laboratory began May 27 with a groundbreaking in Manhattan, Kansas. The planned 570,000-square-foot National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility is expected to be operational in 2022, according to the Department of Homeland Security. It will be used by the DHS and two Department of Agriculture agencies, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Agricultural Research Service, for conducting research, training veterinarians in emergency preparedness and response, and developing disease countermeasures.

Practice

The Food and Drug Administration has issued rules on veterinary feed directives, which are similar to prescriptions, to take effect Oct. 1. The pending changes in the regulations governing medicated feed are part of an effort to increase veterinarian oversight of antimicrobial use on farms.