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

VFD Impact: What it Means for Producers and Practitioners

November 3, 2015

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

In my last BRD Report series, I wrote about how we’re continuing to learn more about antibiotic resistance, and with that, identifying ways producers and veterinarians can be better stewards of antibiotics. In the ensuing months, an industry-wide initiative for better stewardship will gradually go into effect with the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule. 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