- December 12, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
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About the Presentation:
The Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN) was established in 2010 to build laboratory capacity for routine and emergency response. The objective of this network was to ensure that the 40 participating laboratories were ready, willing, and able to investigate emerging problems with animal feed and animal drugs by providing a rapid response to reports of adverse events.
The associated Vet-LIRN laboratories participate in the national initiative to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB) by collecting veterinary pathogens for antimicrobial susceptibility testing and sequencing. This program has provided a wealth of information to FDA, with the ultimate goals of detecting emerging issues and fostering antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary settings.
The Network provides FDA with critical laboratory testing data from experts around the country by evaluating animal diagnostic samples. Cooperative agreements fund the network and enable these laboratories to serve as first responders in case investigations and emergency response activities when the ability to quickly track down and isolate a dangerous pathogen or chemical adulterant is critical. These activities forward FDA’s mission for food and feed safety.
About the Speaker:
Renate Reimschuessel, VMD, PhD,
Director, Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN)
Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA
Dr. Renate Reimschuessel is currently the Program Director for Vet-LIRN (Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network at the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA). She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975 with a BA, and obtained a Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. Following graduation, she went into small and exotic animal practice for 5 years. She then returned to school and received her Ph.D. in Pathology from the University of Maryland, specializing in aquatic animal pathology. From 1989-1999 she stayed at University of Maryland School of Medicine as Director of the Aquatic Pathobiology Center, Associate Professor. In 1999 she joined the Center for Veterinary Medicine at FDA to start up the Aquaculture Research program. She has over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has authored multiple book chapters. In addition, she has led numerous workshops on aquatic animal medicine and research.