November 01, 2016

By the end of this year, hundreds of antimicrobial applications for livestock will change to add veterinarian oversight and remove approval for growth and efficiency uses. Those restrictions and the resulting changes in antimicrobial use will be a departure from the way antimicrobials have been used in U.S. agriculture for decades. The FDA and nongovernmental organizations affiliated with veterinary medicine and agriculture have worked to inform those affected about the coming restrictions.


The AVMA Board of Directors expanded rules on district director candidates and added provisions intended to ensure campaigns for district director positions are fair. The Board members also decided to end an AVMA disaster assistance team program and examine the purpose and direction of an annual leadership meeting.


Veterinary biologics makers will adjust product labels and packaging to meet expanded requirements on instructions, warnings, and disclosures. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service will implement the more stringent standards over the next four years, although manufacturers granted exemptions could take up to six years to adopt the changes, according to an Aug. 30 Federal Register notice.


The Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. Currently a major veterinary educational, medical, and research center, the veterinary college initially started as a small program and largely from a need to serve the livestock industry.