February 15, 2012

Domestic and wild sources of food, along with global trade, carry microbial risks to humans, and global health professionals are trying to identify patterns and reduce harm. Food-borne pathogen risks and collaboration across medical disciplines were topics of a recent meeting hosted by the Institute of Medicine's Forum on Microbial Threats.

AVMA

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation is now taking applications for two of its charitable programs. Up to $5,000 per session is available for organizations to put on state, regional, or national training sessions aimed at preparing veterinarians for disasters. In addition, the Foundation awards $1,000 scholarships annually to about 20 U.S. veterinary students.

Issues

The National Institutes of Health froze all new federal grants for studies involving chimpanzees and is reviewing dozens of projects after an Institute of Medicine review found little scientific necessity for using man's closest genetic relative as a research model.

Practice

The Food and Drug Administration is increasing restrictions on extralabel use of cephalosporin-class antimicrobials in most food animals starting April 5, 2012. An order published Jan. 6 will ban disease prevention uses in cattle, chickens, swine, and turkeys and limit prescription applications to those that follow the dose, frequency, duration, and route of administration specified for each species on the drug labels.

Community

Dr. Mark D. Stetter, former head of The Walt Disney Co's. animal operations, will take over as dean at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in July. Dr. Stetter has long been involved with supporting animal and wildlife research efforts and is a diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine.