Veterinarians and Producers Gain New Tool to Assess Residue Risk
App from Zoetis helps measure risk level on farms for antibiotic residue violations
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Aug. 14, 2014 — Swine veterinarians can help pork producers measure the farm risk level for violative residues in pork with the new Swine Residue Risk Assessment app. The free app is available in the Apple® App Store® for iPad® devices.
“This app is a simple way to review practices and evaluate risk levels before your product enters the pork supply,” said Michael Senn, DVM, senior manager, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis. “The results from this tool can provide meaningful guidance for a discussion between veterinarians and producers to reinforce your commitment to the responsible use of antibiotics.”
The assessment app — created with veterinary expert input — asks questions about on-farm animal care and management practices. A weighted scoring system assigns points based on the likelihood of the risk of a violative antibiotic residue in pork. The assessment rates a farm’s risk level as low, moderate or high, and it suggests next steps to maintain low risk or address higher-risk issues. Users can send the results to any email address, allowing veterinarians, producers or caregivers to easily view them.
“Veterinarians and producers are always on the go,” Dr. Senn said. “The mobility of a risk assessment app allows for easy evaluation of proper antibiotic usage. It also can be shown to caregivers, reinforcing the importance of using antibiotics responsibly.”
Download the app for free from the Apple App Store. After logging in with your Apple account information, search for the Swine Residue Risk Assessment.
Zoetis offers the Swine Residue Risk Assessment app to veterinarians and producers as part of a complete products and services portfolio. This new tool reinforces the commitment of Zoetis to encourage responsible antibiotic use and provide producers with solutions that make a difference. For more information on the assessment app or other support from Zoetis, please visit with your local Zoetis representative.
Zoetis (zō-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. In 2013, the company generated annual revenues of $4.6 billion. With approximately 9,800 employees worldwide at the beginning of 2014, Zoetis has a local presence in approximately 70 countries, including 27 manufacturing facilities in 10 countries. Its products serve veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals in 120 countries. For more information, visit www.zoetisUS.com.
Zoetis is the proud sponsor, with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, of the mobile educational exhibit Animal Connections: Our Journey Together. Families visiting the exhibit will explore the vast bonds between people and animals and learn about the important role veterinarians play in protecting animal and human health.
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