Honey bee medicine for veterinarians and guidance for avoiding violative chemical residues in honey

Emily D. Richards, Lisa A. Tell, Jennifer L. Davis, Ronald E. Baynes, Zhoumeng Lin, Fiona P. Maunsell, Jim E. Riviere, Majid Jaberi-Douraki, Krysta L. Martin, Gigi Davidson

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Abstract

Veterinarians have a crucial role in honey bee medicine, especially with the passing of the VFD legislation in 2017. Combined with an understanding of honey bees and honey bee husbandry, veterinarians can use their unique knowledge about physical examination, diagnostic techniques, and pharmacology to provide care for honey bees while avoiding violative drug residues in honey and other hive products. Veterinarians can anticipate and mitigate the effects of honey bee exposure to intended treatments and unintended exposures by careful evaluation of diet, environment, and concomitant chemical exposures. Partnering with apiary inspectors and beekeepers, veterinarians help maximize honey bee vitality by ensuring rational chemical use in a manner that minimizes the risk of violative chemical residues in honey and other hive products intended for human consumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)860-873
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Volume259
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 15 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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