With the deadline for the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2017, producers have a resource that provides a review of the VFD and how it will affect antibiotic use in pork production, called “At The Meeting (ATM)…with the Morrison Group.

At The Meeting is a collaborative project between Dr. Bob Morrison, a professor in the Swine Group at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Gordon Spronk, a swine veterinary consultant and manager with the Pipestone Veterinary Clinic and Pipestone System, and Dr. Tom Wetzell, a professional services veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. The three health experts serve as moderators for the audio series.

The latest episode of “At The Meeting (ATM) … with the Morrison Group” audio program provides a review of the VFD and how it will affect antibiotic use in swine production.

In the first segment, Dr. Ron Prestage, DVM, past president of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), says, “In the interest of trying to avoid the problems we know exist as a result of antibiotic resistant bacteria, like MRSA, ‘growth-promoting antibiotics’ will no longer be allowed exclusively for the purpose of growth promotion if those drugs are used in human medicine, or if they are classified as medically important.”

In the second segment, The Morrison Group hosts Dr. Peter Davies, DVM, veterinarian at the University of Minnesota and member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance. Dr. Davies shares his thoughts on good stewardship and judicious use of antimicrobials.

“It really begs the question, ‘Who decides what is judicious?'” he says. “Because there really is a value judgment involved, particularly with growth promotion usage. The FDA declared as part of its guidance that the use of antimicrobials for growth promotion was injudicious. It didn’t indicate that it caused harm, just that it was considered an injudicious use.”

The third and final segment includes an interview with Dr. Mike Apley, DVM, veterinarian at Kansas State University, and vice chair of the stewardship working group on the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antimicrobial Resistance.

Dr. Apley discusses, from a clinical pharmacology standpoint, how he looks at judicious antibiotic use in livestock. “When the veterinarian and producer make the decision that an antibiotic is appropriate, we need to use it in a regimen that has been proven to be safe and effective for this application,” he says. “The challenge to the veterinarian is to continue to evaluate that use, and make sure it continues to be used in the proper manner.”

This free educational audio program is ideal for veterinarians and producers to listen to while driving or working around the farm. It can be downloaded from  SwineCast.

Original article May 11, Pork Network

Audio program focuses on antibiotic use