The Veterinary Feed Directive, new federal rules that will regulate how antibiotics can be administered to animals in feed and drinking water, goes into effect Jan. 1. 2017.
Among the provisions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will require veterinary oversight whenever antibiotics are administered to any animal species through feed or water, even if the animals are not intended for food production.
The following experts can discuss the new rules and implications for livestock and people who work with livestock. They can also discuss federal regulations currently under review that would limit the duration of the amount of antibiotics used.
Paul Morley, veterinarian and professor of epidemiology and infection control in the Department of Clinical Sciences
Dr. Morley is among a handful of experts from across the country who penned a policy paper in 2013 giving guidance on the use of antibiotics for livestock. His research examines patterns of zoonotic and infectious disease occurrence, risk factors, diagnostic tests, and methods of prevention in affected animals. Examples of his research activities include antimicrobial drug use and antimicrobial resistance in cattle and hospitalized animals, and control of nosocomial infections in veterinary hospitals all of which impact the human-animal interface.
Listen to a December 20, 2016 interview with Dr. Morley on Colorado Public Radio:
Frank Garry, CSU Extension veterinarian and professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, Livestock Medicine and Surgery
Dr. Garry works with livestock producers and veterinarians, with a primary focus on cattle health and management. He oversees a graduate studies program that investigates livestock health and welfare in production settings and is involved in outreach education. His research interests include Johnes Disease control, causes of mortality in adult cattle, livestock worker education, and calf health management.
Robert Callan, veterinarian and professor, Department of Clinical Sciences
Dr. Callan is one of the lead faculty members in the Livestock Medicine and Surgery service at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He provides hospital and field veterinary services for cattle, sheep, goats, swine, llamas, and alpacas. His research interests include livestock infectious diseases, and nutritional and metabolic disease.