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Merck Animal Health and GlobalVetLINK have partnered to develop Aquaflor eVFD's

Merck Animal Health and GlobalVetLINK have partnered to develop an innovative, user-friendly electronic solution for creating, issuing, and retaining Aquaflor® Veterinary Feed Directives (VFDs).

Aquaflor VFDs can be created electronically and managed through a GlobalVetLINK account in the FeedLINK system.

Benefits of FeedLINK include:

1.      Proven electronic VFD system

2.      Simplified VFD compliance for all parties with streamlined communication

3.      Meet 2-year record retention requirements using secure storage and flexible search

4.      Ability to maintain non-VFD feed-grade antibiotic records

5.      Electronic signature signing, date & time stamping, and retention of eVFD’s for 2 years. Electronic signatures are compliant with 21 CFR part 11 regulations.

6.      Store and maintain animal owner and animal location(s) information

7.      FeedLINK training and customer support is available via  phone, email and webinars

8.      FeedLINK Aquaflor eVFD’s will be free of charge through December 31, 2016. If all of your time is spent in the aquaculture industry, FeedLINK Aquaflor eVFD’s will be free of charge through May 31, 2017.

The FeedLINK system works best with the most current versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. Use with Safari is not recommended. The GlobalVetLINK website can be viewed at

www.globalvetlink.com

If you would like to use this system to prepare, sign, distribute, and retain Aquaflor eVFD’s, simply go here https://www.globalvetlink.com/products/feedlink/ and follow the instructions.  Please indicate on the form that your intended use of the account is to prepare Aquaflor eVFD’s.

You will be notified via e-mail once your account has been set-up and activated.

You will also be notified of training options & events.

If you would rather email or fax your forms, or you have any questions regarding VFDs, eVFDs, or GlobalVetLINK’s FeedLINK system please feel free to call (515-836-8701) or e-mail me (Dr. Tom Kniffen) or contact GlobalVetLINK directly.

 
 Sept 7, 2016
AQUI-S20E: Immediate Release of Marine Finfish

Authorization for Immediate Release of Marine Finfish After Exposure to AQUI-S20E

Friends, Partners and Colleagues:

Good news! We received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine for the immediate release of marine finfish for field based fishery management activities under INAD 11-741.  This means all freshwater AND marine finfish that are sedated with AQUI-S20E at 10-100 mg/l fro up to 15 minutes as part of field-based fishery management activities, may be released immediately after treatment.  Hatchery use, for both freshwater and marine fish, stillhas a 72 hour withdrawal period; however fish that are illegal for harvest may be released immediately.

All AQUI-S20E work must be done under the appoved INAD (11-741). Please contact Bonnie Johnson (bonnie_johnson@fws.gov) to sign-up to use AQUI-S20E.

Mention of trade names or commercial products does not imply recommendations or endorsements by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the Aquatic Animal Drug Approval Partnership Program.

Molly P. Bowman

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service AADAP

406-994-9916

 

Sept 12, 2016

Authorization for New INAD 12-781: Erymicin 200 injection (Erythromycin)

Friend, Partners, and Colleagues:

We recently received authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine for new INAD 12-781 for the use of erythromycin (Erymicin 200 Injection) treatment to control bacterial kidney disease (BKD: causative agent Renibacterium salmoninarum) in salmonids. More specifically, Erymicin 200 Injection treatment may be used to 1) control mortality caused by BKD in salmonid species, and 2) reduce or minimize R. Salmoninarum levels in BKD positive female salmonid broodstock in order to control (prevent) the vertical transmission of R.  Salmoniarum to eggs/progeny.

For more information on Erymicin 200Injection INAD 12-781, please visit the AADAP website or contact Bonnie Johnson at bonnie.johnson@fws.gov

 

Molly P. Bowman

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service AADAP

 

406-994-9916

 

 

Request for Applications

HHS National Institutes of Health and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Dual Purpose Agricultural Farm Animal/Human Health Research Grant Funding

 Dual Purpose Agricultural Farm Animal/Human Health Research Grant Funding Applications are sought by the HHS National Institutes of Health and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture for studies that "... utilize agriculturally important domestic animal species to improve human health through the advancement of basic and translational research deemed highly relevant to both agricultural and biomedical research. This initiative is designed to facilitate and encourage comparative medicine research studies through the careful selection and refinement of farm animal models that mimic human developmental, physiological and etiological processes to better understand the biology of fertility and infertility, normal and abnormal metabolism, developmental origin of diseases, and improve prevention and treatment of infectious diseases in both human and agriculturally important domestic animals. The anticipated outcomes include both the elucidation of fundamental information relevant for the improvement of human health and an increase in food animal production and improvement in animal health and product quality. It is envisioned that each application will address mission-relevant areas of both agencies ..." - Eligible applicants include: State and local governments; State and private institutions of higher education; and for profit and nonprofit organizations. 

Document Title: The title of the July 12, 2016 joint HHS NIH/USDA NIFA Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement is "Dual Purpose with Dual Benefit: Research in Biomedicine and Agriculture Using Agriculturally Important Domestic Animal Species (R01)" 

Background:Go to the full announcement for additional information and details: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-16-366.html 

Applications Due By:

* Letter of Intent Due Date(s): 30 days prior to the application due date 
* Application Due Date(s): September 27, 2016; September 27, 2017; September 27, 2018

Questions may be directed to the following Scientific/Research Contact(s):
* Ravi (Neelakanta) Ravindranath, DVM, PhD who is with the NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at 301 435 6889; e-mail: Ravindrn@mail.NIH.gov 


* Mark Mirando, PhD who is with the Institute of Food Production and Sustainability of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture at 202 401 4336; e-mail: MMirando@NIFA.USDA.gov

 

                      Animal Health Stakeholder Webinar Series                                                                 October 20 to November 15, 2016

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture                                          Division of Animal Systems

Animal Health Stakeholder Webinar Series will be hosted from October 20 to November 15, 2016 by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Division of Animal Systems, in conjunction with the Agricultural Research Services’ (ARS) Animal Health program in order to "... identify, discuss, and prioritize the most pressing animal health research needs of stakeholders ... Each webinar will focus on a different animal industry or cross-cutting topics: Aquaculture; Goats; Specialty Farm Species; Beef; Poultry-Layers/Breeders; Swine; Dairy; Poultry-Broiler/Meat; Cross-cutting: Animal Wellbeing; Equine; Sheep; Cross-cutting: Microbiome ..."

The Aquaculture webinar will be held on Tuesday, Nov 1 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm EST. Dr. Marta Gomez-Chiarri, University of Rhode Island, and Dr. Ronald Thune, Louisiana State University will be hosting the webinar.

Comments Due By: September 30, 2016

September 1, 2016 USDA NIFA Update Bulletin:
http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDANIFA/bulletins/160c12b

Agenda:
http://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/asset/document/Agenda_0.pdf 

Additional information about the Webinar Series, including Registration:
http://nifa.usda.gov/animal-health-stakeholder-webinar-series

Contact: Questions may be directed to USDA NIFA by e-mail:Animal.Health@NIFA.USDA.gov




Radiographs courtesy of Dr. Shane Boylan, South Carolina Aquarium
 

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