Summit, N.J. – Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health is working with dairy veterinarians and producers to educate dairy employees about the responsible use of animal-health products. To maintain consumer confidence and eliminate the potential for antibiotic and drug residues to enter the food chain, a new dairy education program, including a toolkit, employee training and residue prevention tips, now is available.
“Preventing residues is the responsibility of the entire dairy industry,” says Norm Stewart, D.V.M., technical services manager for Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. “As an animal-health company, we recognize the importance of helping veterinarians and dairy owners, managers and employees have all the information and tools they need on this issue.”
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health developed a toolkit to effectively communicate the proper use of animal-health products. The toolkit is intended to supplement the day-to-day protocols and procedures of animal-health product use and residue avoidance and includes:
- English and Spanish versions of laminated posters that highlight withdrawal times for several animal-health products
- Shelf stickers in English and Spanish for medicine cabinets and refrigerators to easily identify animal-health products by class of animals
- Halters to handle animals for proper administration of injectable animal-health products.
“Ongoing education of new and seasoned employees is vital to the success of all dairy operations,” Stewart says. “We wanted our program to have a dynamic training aspect to teach employees how to put the toolkit into action so they have the knowledge base behind the resources we’re providing.”
To supplement the toolkit, dairy employees can learn on-farm best-management practices of residue prevention through personal training with their veterinarians and online training at www.resflorgold.com, www.nuflor.com and www.banamine.com. The course is offered in both English and Spanish. Employees will learn how to prevent residues and how to best use the resources in the toolkit. At the end of the online training, participants will be tested on their knowledge, and a certificate of completion can be printed in either language.
“We realize it might be difficult for all employees to receive personal training from their veterinarian, so we’re offering online training, as well,” Stewart says.