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November 2021

Honey Bee Veterinary Medicine
Jeffrey R. Applegate Jr, Britteny Kyle, Editor

For generations, veterinarians have been at the forefront of disease management, herd health, and protecting against foreign animal disease. The Veterinarian’s Oath, quoted from the American Veterinary Medical Association, states that a component of the veterinarian’s responsibilities include: “…protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health….” These concepts may be applied to all animals under veterinary care. Until recently, relative to the writing of this text, honey bees (Apis mellifera) have not been incorporated in the practice of veterinary medicine in North America. Now classified as food animals, honey bees require veterinary oversight to reduce antimicrobial resistance and prevent antibiotic residues in foods of animal origin.

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Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice presents those in the veterinary medicine field with the most current treatment of food animals, updates on the latest advances, and provides a sound basis for choosing treatment options. Published 3 times a year—in March, July, and November—each issue features expert, state-of-the-art reviews on a single topic, including anesthesia/analgesia, infectious diseases, therapeutics, emergency medicine, surgery, gastroenterology, and clinical pathology.
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