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Animal antibiotics conversation requires context
March 27, 2017

Animal antibiotics conversation requires context

Comparing animal and human antibiotic use is complicated. That’s why the proper context is so important.


Cow Comfort is Top of Mind for Dairy Farmers
June 20, 2016

Cow Comfort is Top of Mind for Dairy Farmers

I’ll bet you didn’t know that cows have super-powers. They certainly don’t look like a super hero – they don’t wear a cape (they’d eat it or their herdmates would) and it’s impossible to find a unitard to fit a four legged creature that weighs 1500 lbs.    They don’t have X-ray vision and they can’tRead More  


Calculating Risk
June 6, 2016

Calculating Risk

There are growing concerns that on-farm antibiotic use is harming public health by contributing to antibiotic resistance in people. But, what is the connection between antibiotics used in food animals and the risk of human antibiotic treatment failure? It’s a tough question and a scientifically-verified answer is not readily available.   It’s a serious issueRead More  


Antibiotic Stewardship Explained
May 9, 2016

Antibiotic Stewardship Explained

Antibiotic stewardship and responsible use of antibiotics are terms that are used quite often these days. But, what do they mean? On the animal side, it means utilizing vaccines, proper nutrition, good ventilation, biosecurity, appropriate housing and other tools to reduce the need for antibiotics. This includes limiting use of antibiotics only for the treatment,Read More  


Animal Health Community Embraces Changes to Ensure Responsible Use of Antibiotics
March 14, 2016

Animal Health Community Embraces Changes to Ensure Responsible Use of Antibiotics

New rules and guidelines are coming into effect to govern the use of antibiotics for animal agriculture, supported by farmers, veterinarians and the animal health community, as we do our part to ensure responsible use of antibiotics. Bottom line: making these changes is the right thing to do.   For example, the animal health communityRead More  


Video Series Explains Responsible Antibiotic Use to Consumers
February 12, 2016

Video Series Explains Responsible Antibiotic Use to Consumers

As a veterinarian, I am often asked questions about the use of antibiotics on farms. I welcome such questions and the opportunity to engage in an open, honest dialogue. I certainly share the concern about antibiotic resistance and think it’s important for the public to have answers to their questions. That’s why I am soRead More  


Antibiotic Resistance: An Ancient Challenge
January 25, 2016

Antibiotic Resistance: An Ancient Challenge

Antibiotic resistance represents a serious challenge, but that doesn’t mean it represents a new challenge. From my 20 years as a veterinarian, I share the concern about antibiotic resistance and know that the animal health community does too. The animal health community will continue to work with all interested parties to find solutions to an issue much older than we are.


My Path to Becoming a Veterinarian: Relieving Human and Animal Suffering

My Path to Becoming a Veterinarian: Relieving Human and Animal Suffering

As a veterinarian, I took an oath to protect animal health, prevent animal suffering and to promote human health. Remaining true to these values to relieve the suffering of both humans and animals has been a driving force in my life, and this commitment led me to become a veterinarian.


Doing Our Part to Minimize Antibiotic Resistance

Doing Our Part to Minimize Antibiotic Resistance

As a mother of three children, it is vitally important to me to ensure that antibiotics are effective when one of my kids is sick. As a veterinarian, I also took an oath to protect animal health, prevent animal suffering and to promote human health. From this vantage point, I see all sides of