The use of antibiotics on the farm has been a not-so-slowly simmering issue for a long time. I remember first discussing it 15 years ago with representatives of a few of the larger pharmaceutical companies.
Dr. Leah Dorman supports a One Health approach, tying together animal health, public health and environmental health.
Today, thanks to some very unscientific but sensationalistic reporting by rush-to-ill-judgment organizations like ABC News, the long-simmering issue of antibiotic use threatens to come to a full, rolling boil. From previous experience, I know talking about the science behind a subject with unschooled mass media reporters is a waste of time.
Dr. Dorman wants to inject the facts into the discussion and she’s rallied an impressive group of people to join in on a symposium called “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use and Resistance: A dialogue for a common purpose.” With all the nonsense swirling about, I hope the opinion leaders understand two important parts of that title: “dialogue” and “common purpose.”
One of the leaders of this dialogue and the man who will wrap up things with a talk on ‘The Path Forward” is Dr. Lonnie J. King, DVM, MS, MPA, Diplomate ACVPM, Dean and Professor of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University. He’s well-grounded in studies of infectious diseases, emerging zoonoses, food safety, epidemiology and public health. His professional training and experience include earning a BS form The Ohio State University in 1966 followed by a DVM form that same school in 1970. He also holds an MS in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota and an MPA in Public Administration from American University, Washington, D.C.
I don’t know about you, but I’m impressed.
A few other people who know what they’re talking about are Dr. Ron DeHaven, Executive VP of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Guy Loneragan of Texas Tech, and Dr. Randy Singer, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota. Here’s hoping the uneducated press will attend en masse to become educated.
But the subject of this interview is Dr. Dorman, who carries some impressive credentials, too. She’s Director of Food Programs with the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. She was Assistant State Veterinarian with the Ohio Department of Agriculture and she earned her DVM from The Ohio State University. She’s one of the people responsible for the program that should become a vital part of the discussion and decision-making process behind what antibiotics you’re allowed to us.