AMES, Iowa — The National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s ninth annual Antibiotic Symposium will be Oct. 15-17 at Iowa State University in Ames.

The theme of the symposium will be Communicating the Science of Responsible Antibiotic Use in Animal Agriculture.

This year’s symposium will be hosted by NIAA in collaboration with the National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education, which was competitively selected to lead the collective efforts related to antibiotics in animal, human and environmental health of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.

The symposium will study how the industry can better communicate to the public in an effective and positive manner.

Presentations and a hands-on workshop developed in partnership with the ISU Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication will help attendees understand how to take science updates and new advances in research, technology and innovation and convey useful information to meet the needs of consumers, which may help shift the attitudes of the public and media in the future.

In addition to the communication segment, the symposium will unpack science updates from across the industry and interact with industry representatives of new and evolving technologies to help meet the demands of responsible use of antibiotics.

The symposium’s attendees and presenters will include beef, dairy, pork and poultry producers, processors and retailers, private practice and state agency veterinarians, researchers and scientists from the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as university animal agriculture and veterinary program academia.

For more information, or to register for the symposium, go to: www.animalagriculture.org.

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