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Title:The veterinarian’s role and attitude in the disposal of unwanted medications
Author(s):Sander, Will
Abstract:Presented by: Will Sander – Assistant professor at University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Co-authors: Sarah Zack Abstract: Pharmaceutical compounds from medications have been detected in waterways for over two decades throughout the United States and internationally. Veterinarians play a significant role in prescribing, directing, and administering medications to all animal patients ranging from dogs and cats to cattle and swine. Better understanding attitudes and practices of veterinary disposal practices provides an avenue to address environmental concerns through education, policy discussion, and possible interventions. While prescribing and disposal practices are well characterized in human healthcare, much less has been done in veterinary healthcare. A cross-sectional survey of pharmaceutical disposal practices amongst veterinarians in the Great Lakes Region (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania) was administered electronically in the summer and fall of 2019 with a total of almost 1000 responses. The survey gathered information on each veterinarian’s disposal practices as well as their instruction to clients. By better understanding these practices, a greater impact can occur on reducing medication entering the waterways and the environment. Biography: Dr. Sander received his DVM from University of Wisconsin and MPH from Yale University. While spending 6 years in Washington, DC, Dr. Sander spent two years as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Policy Fellow at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water focused on pharmaceuticals in water and potential health impacts. He joined the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine in August 2018 directing the DVM/MPH program.
Issue Date:2021-04-28
Series/Report:2021 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference (ECEC21)
Genre:Presentation / Lecture / Speech
Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-04-26

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