Entries by Betsy Thibaut-Stephenson

AHI Supports FDA Restructuring Announcement

January 31, 2023 The Animal Health Institute supports the restructuring announced by Food and Drug Commissioner Robert M. Califf. The new structure maintains the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) as a stand-alone center while coordinating its food safety activities with the new Deputy Commissioner for Human Foods. “This is a practical and common-sense approach that […]

The U.S. needs rural veterinarians

A report from the Farm Journal Foundation details the persistent shortfall of veterinarians in America, particularly those that treat livestock. In addition to potentially impairing the health of animals, the lack of veterinarians threatens public health, food safety, food availability, and economic growth.

Bacteria eating viruses can reduce the need for antibiotics

Antimicrobial resistance is a global threat to human and animal health, and the animal health industry is aggressively researching new ways to target bacteria without using antibiotics. Bacteriophages can narrowly target specific bacteria to address infections. These ‘bacteria eaters’ are viruses that infect and destroy bacteria, which reduces the need for antibiotics. Learn more here.

Pets are living longer

Pet life expectancy has increased. Each pet is different, but researchers have identified the key factors that are driving the overall increase in pets’ life expectancy. Read more from Health for Animals.

Animal health connects public health, food safety, and sustainability

The animal health industry is committed to developing therapies that reduce animal suffering and improve animal well-being, but we need a more flexible, efficient, and productive regulatory review process that includes recognition of data that is submitted to other competent regulatory agencies around the world. The high cost and extended time required to gain approvals […]

Promising alternatives to antibiotics are on the horizon

  Antibiotics are the cornerstone of modern medicine and public health, offering protection against infectious disease. New compounds that offer a novel way to target bacteria without using antibiotics are among the most valuable potential innovations in the animal health sector. Learn more here.

Can dogs see in the dark?

It’s not your imagination: dogs can spot things in the dark more easily than humans. Dog eyes are different from human eyes in many ways, including special adaptations that allow them to see better at night. Learn about canine eyesight and their “night vision”.

Animal Health Industry Reaches All-time High

A new study from NDP Analytics, The Economic and Social Contributions of the Animal Health Industry, details the growth of the animal health industry over the past three years and documents the value and role that the companies that produce animal medicines play in the U.S. economy and beyond. As other industries struggled because of […]