Animal & Veterinary
New VMAC Chairman
January 20, 1999
Keith E. Sterner, D.V.M. is the new chairman of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC). Dr. Sterner will preside over the next VMAC meeting to be held January 25-26, 1999.
Dr. Sterner is a graduate of Michigan State University. He is co-owner of a mixed animal practice in Ionia, Michigan, treating mainly food animals. Dr. Sterner has been a member of VMAC since 1997 where he has represented the large animal specialty. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the National Mastitis Council, and the United States Animal Health Association, and other organizations. Dr. Sterner is past president, American Association of Bovine Practitioners; past president, National Mastitis Council; member, AVMA Task Force on Responsible Antimicrobial Use; vice chair, AVMA Council on Education; and past member, AVMA Drug Availability Committee. In 1991, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners honored Dr. Sterner as "Bovine Practitioner of the Year", and Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine presented him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
The upcoming VMAC meeting is being held in the Holiday Inn-Gaithersburg, Two Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD. The focus of the meeting will be to discuss a proposed framework on how to evaluate the potential public health risk of the microbial effects associated with the use of antimicrobials in food animals.
Additional information about the VMAC meeting, including a draft agenda, the document entitled "A Proposed Framework for Evaluating and Assuring the Human Safety of the Microbial Effects of Antimicrobial New Animal Drugs Intended for Use in Food-Producing Animals," which will be discussed at the meeting, and questions to be answered by the committee are included on the CVM's Internet Home Page. Copies of these documents may also be obtained by calling or writing CVM's Communications Staff at FDA/Center for Veterinary Medicine, HFV-12, 7500 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855, 301-594-1755. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist in processing your requests.
An FDA Advisory Committee Information Hotline is available on 1-800-741-8138 (301-443-0572 in the Washington, DC area), Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee, code 12546. Please call the Hotline for information concerning any possible changes.