VFD Impact: Four Suggestions for Getting Ready

November 17, 2015

By Brian Lubbers, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate ACVCP, director of the Microbial Surveillance Lab at Kansas State University

In the previous post, we looked at some of the major changes that will come with the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). While the rule won’t be in full effect until Jan. 1, 2017, veterinarians and producers can start planning and preparing now to transition to practices that are aligned with the mandate. Continue reading

Implementing Antibiotic Stewardship at the Farm Level

farm_stewardshipJuly 14, 2015

This post is part of a series that focuses on understanding antibiotic resistance, defining what antibiotic stewardship means and how cattle producers can be better stewards of antibiotic use. Brian Lubbers, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate ACVCP, director of the Microbial Surveillance Lab, a unit of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, is a contributor for this series. Continue reading

Collaborative Efforts to Better Understand Antibiotic Resistance

In the Microbial Surveillance Lab, bacteria from cattle nasal swabs are identified and tested for resistance to antibiotics used in animal health. Photo by Emily Surdez, K-State Olathe

June 30, 2015

This post is part of a series that focuses on understanding antibiotic resistance, defining what antibiotic stewardship means and how cattle producers can be better stewards of antibiotic use. Brian Lubbers, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate ACVCP, director of the Microbial Surveillance Lab, a unit of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, is a contributor for this series. Continue reading

Understanding Antibiotic Resistance, Impact on Treating BRD

June 16, 2015

A blood agar plate containing Mannheimia haemolytica, one of the bacterium that causes BRD

A blood agar plate containing Mannheimia haemolytica, one of the bacterium that causes BRD

With this post, we begin a series that focuses on understanding antibiotic resistance, defining what antibiotic stewardship means and how cattle producers can be better stewards of antibiotic use. Brian Lubbers, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate ACVCP, director of the Microbial Surveillance Lab, a unit of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, is a contributor for this series. Continue reading