Veterinary house calls for backyard chickens
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine is one of a handful of veterinary schools making house calls on privately owned poultry flocks.
Dr. Rocio Crespo, professor of poultry health management, started the mobile poultry clinic last year. The clinic serves a growing community of backyard chicken owners in the area while training future farm animal veterinarians.
Poultry veterinarians are a vital resource in states such as North Carolina where commercial poultry is the leading animal agriculture industry.
Dr. Crespo’s mobile clinic services flocks numbering less than a thousand birds whose owners typically have previously called on the university’s veterinary hospital.
Services address a wide range of husbandry issues, from behavioral counseling to consultations on nutrition and production. Practitioners also evaluate best farm practices and provide disease prevention guidelines for the specific farm.
This is important because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that backyard poultry flocks are an increasing and important cause of Salmonella infections in people in the U.S.
FDA to fund studies on drug resistance in pets
Food and Drug Administration officials want help collecting data on how drug use in dogs and cats selects for antimicrobial resistance.
They plan to spend $400,000 on studies—with a maximum of $200,000 on any one study—during the current fiscal year, and they may give continued funding for studies that perform well, according to an announcement published Feb. 10 by the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine. CVM officials already fund studies that collect drug usage data in food-producing animals
“As part of the agency’s 5-year plan for Supporting Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Settings, CVM will engage with stakeholders to develop and implement a strategy to promote the judicious use of medically important antimicrobials in companion animals,” the announcement states. “The data generated from this data collection effort will help inform this strategy.”
At press time, FDA officials planned to begin collecting funding applications on March 2. Details are available at the National Institutes of Health website.
Education council schedules site visits
The AVMA Council on Education has scheduled site visits to nine schools and colleges of veterinary medicine for the remainder of 2020.
Comprehensive site visits are planned for the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine, April 26-May 1; the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, May 17-21; the proposed Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine, June 21-25; the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Veterinary School, Aug. 9-14; Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Sept. 13-17; The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Oct. 18-22; the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, Oct. 31-Nov. 6; and the University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine, Nov. 15-19.
A focused site visit is planned for the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine, July 12-15.
The council welcomes written comments on these plans or the programs to be evaluated. Comments should be addressed to Dr. Karen Martens Brandt, Director, Education and Research Division, AVMA, 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173. Comments must be signed by the person submitting them to be considered.
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