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FDA reports decline in antimicrobial sales for food-producing animals

FDA reports decline in antimicrobial sales for food-producing animals

Domestic sales and distribution of medically important antimicrobials for use in food-producing animals have decreased by 33 percent between 2016 and 2017. According to the FDA, the decline indicates ongoing efforts to support antimicrobial stewardship are having a significant impact.

AVMA revamps AVMF board of directors

AVMA revamps AVMF board of directors

The association is rearranging its structure to place a greater focus on managing its foundation’s contribution to the profession, starting with forming a new board of directors for the AVMF to help advance its mission, services, and programs.

Fear Free helps fund behavior research

Fear Free helps fund behavior research

Fear Free has awarded grants to several emerging animal health professionals for their contributions to veterinary behavior research. The 2018 research grants ranged from $1,000 to $2,500. Fear Free aims to minimize stress and anxiety in pets.

Midmark to offer employee pet care coverage program

Midmark to offer employee pet care coverage program

Midmark is extending its employees Nationwide Insurance’s My Pet Protection program as part of its commitment to ensuring pets receive the care they need. The policy provides reimbursements incurred by employees covering a range of veterinary expenses, including wellness exams, shots, medication, and injuries.

Merck teams up with veterinary students on educational blog

Merck teams up with veterinary students on educational blog

Nine veterinary students are now sharing their opinions and schooling stories online through The Merck Manuals’ Vet Student Stories blog. The platform features content for students such as balancing social life, academic success, and physical wellness.

Companies launch trials of antimicrobial topical treatmeant

Companies launch trials of antimicrobial topical treatmeant

Stonehaven Incubate and antimicrobial protein specialist Lysando have agreed to jointly conduct proof-of-concept trials for topical treatments based on Artilysin, a new antimicrobial platform technology. Artilysin proteins are designed to target specific pathogens while preserving the host’s natural microbiome.