The FDA and USDA are conducting a series of five half-day meetings around the country to allow public feedback on the challenges veterinarians and producers will face under proposed rules for veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use. The first meeting takes place today, April 9, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with the rest taking place during April, May and early June.

The agency’s initiative for judicious use of medically important antimicrobials in medicated feed or drinking water of food-producing animals establishes a framework for phasing out production uses of antimicrobials important in treating humans, and phasing in veterinary oversight of the remaining therapeutic uses of such drugs.

The meetings will focus on challenges, particularly in areas where producers might lack access to adequate veterinary services.

The dates and locations for the meetings are:

  • April 9, 2013, in Bowling Green, Ken.
  • April 23, 2013, in Olympia, Wash.
  • May 8, 2013, in Fort Collins, Colo.
  • May 21, 2013, in Pierre, S.D.
  • June 4, 2013, in College Station, Texas

Find details on times and specific locations for each meeting here.

The planned agenda for the meetings is as follows:

  • 8:30 to 8:40 a.m. – Welcome/Introduction (FDA)
  • 8:40 to 9:25 – Background presentations: Overview of FDA strategy on antimicrobial resistance (FDA), availability of food animal veterinarians in the U.S. (USDA) and veterinarians and antimicrobial use (AVMA).
  • 9:25 to 9:35 – Q&A on presentations
  • 9:35 to 9:45 – Break
  • 9:45 to 11:00 – Open public comment period
  • 11:00 to 12:00 -- Focused discussion period, stakeholder input, with focus on current access/use of veterinary services, expected effect of increased veterinary oversight and practical approaches for managing this change.
  • 12:00 to 12:30 – Summary of feedback.

You do not need to attend one of the public meetings to provide your comments, and can submit them in either paper or electronic form. Details on FDA’s proposals and directions for submitting comments are available on the Federal Register.