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Honey Bees: A New Species for Veterinarians? (March 23, 2017)

Dr. Chris Cripps

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Summary: As a result of the issuance of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule on Jan. 1, 2017, honey bees now fall under veterinary oversight as food producing animals, and veterinarians will be required to provide either prescriptions or Veterinary Feed Directives when antibiotics are needed.  To do this, veterinarians working with apiaries will have to establish a veterinarian client patient relationship (VCPR).  These veterinarians will have to become educated on honey bee biology and behavior and honey production.   They must also develop basic skills needed for inspecting bee hives. 

This presentation will explain the VCPR as it applies to apiaries, beekeepers and veterinarians.  It describes the common bacterial infections of honeybees and the use of antibiotics with respect to these diseases.  It also provides an overview of bee biology and behavior, a basic understanding on the operation of an apiary, production of honey, and a basic introduction to beekeeping activities.