From Fido to Food Safety

In June 2012, AHI and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) co-hosted “From Fido to Food Safety: Roles, Responsibilities and Realities Veterinarians Face in Protecting Public Health.” Moderated by Food Chemical News reporter Amber Healy, the event featured a Keynote Address by Dr. John Clifford, Chief Veterinary Officer, United States Department of Agriculture.

Veterinarian’s responsibility in keeping animals healthy is an essential part of the human heath ecosystem. Whether working on the farm, in private or corporate practice, government, academia or uniformed services, veterinarians play an increasingly critical role in protecting public health. The Food and Drug Administration’s recent guidance document, The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food Producing Animals, recommends increasing veterinary oversight of antibiotic administration. This discussion examined the ever increasing role that veterinarians play in food safety and maintaining animal health as a key driver in overall public health.

Panelists
Dr. Doug Meckes, Branch Chief, Food, Agriculture & Veterinary Defense Branch, Department of Homeland Security
Dr. Rene Carlson, President, American Veterinary Medical Association
Dr. Terri Clark, Director, Office of Animal Care & Use, NIH, Chief Veterinary Officer, United States Public Health Service
Dr. Christine Navarre, Past-President, American Association of Bovine Practitioners

Welcome and Introduction
Alexander Mathews, President and CEO, Animal Health Institute
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Keynote Address
Dr. John Clifford, U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Panel Discussion
Moderated by Amber Healy, Food Chemical News
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