Prevention/Treatment

New procedures help diagnose Mycoplasma-associated arthritis

Data from the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISU-VDL) shows that diagnosis of Mycoplasma hyosynoviae and Mycoplasma hyorhinis-associated arthritis has increased in swine in the Midwest United States. FULL STORY »

Online CE course on foreign animal disease

The web-based course, Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals (EEDA), will be offered July 10 – August 18, 2012. The course has been approved for 18 hours of continuing education through RACE. FULL STORY »

Consult your veterinarian when developing biosecurity plan

Biosecurity risks are unique to each farm and the best plans are developed by working with a swine veterinarian who has extensive knowledge of the farm, workers and local risk factors. FULL STORY »

Brucellosis raises red flag in N.C. feral swine

For the first time since testing began several years ago, feral pigs in North Carolina have tested positive for Brucella suis, an important and harmful bacteria that can be transmitted to domestic pigs and people. FULL STORY »

AVMA responds to FDA antibiotic guidance

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offered a response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final announcement on Guidance 209 regarding subtherapeutic antibiotic use in food-animal production. FULL STORY »

FDA nixes feed-grade antibiotics

Antibiotics that are “medically important” to humans should not longer be used in animal feed for non-therapeutic purposes, such as growth promotion, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in its final Guidance 209 policy. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic use in pork production is overblown

Antibiotic use in food-animal production gets a lot of attention, but accuracy doesn’t always follow. To better determine the amount of antibiotics actually used in pork production, a team of researchers investigated the topic and found past estimates excessive. FULL STORY »

FDA implements cephalosporin ban

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) action to prohibit the “extralabel” use of cephalosporin drugs in food-animal production is now in effect. FDA specifically cites cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys, as the “major species of food-producing animals.” FULL STORY »

Veterinarians speak out on antibiotic use in animal agriculture

Nearly a week has passed since a federal judge in New York ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must start taking action on certain antibiotic usage in animal agriculture. As the dust clears, and evaluations have taken place, veterinarians associated with food-animal production are speaking up. FULL STORY »

Judge’s ruling requires action on food-animal antibiotics use

Late last week, a federal judge in New York ruled that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must start proceedings to remove certain subtherapeutic antibiotics applications for food-animals, until drug makers can prove a product’s safety. If they can't prove safety, then FDA must withdraw the approval for use of those drugs, the judge ruled. FULL STORY »

Controlling disease preserves swine health, food safety Play video

The pork industry’s ‘Take Care – Use Antibiotics Responsibly’ program includes responsible use principles and guidelines that pork producers and their veterinarians use together to better manage the use of antibiotics. FULL STORY »

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