We hate pests. Unfortunately, they love us. Whether we’re talking about flea and tick control in companion animals, or protecting livestock and the feed they eat, our clients look to us to help them tackle pest problems. It’s part of our job to do so responsibly.
In an effort to help you, your clients and the public better understand the responsible use of pesticides, their impacts on animal health and the importance of integrated pest management, the AVMA recently became a member of the EPA Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program.
In the coming months, AVMA staff members, along with many AVMA council and committee members, will be drafting strategies and guidelines that we believe will help everyone better manage pests in an environmentally responsible way. Thanks to our membership in the EPA program, we’ll also be able to tap into the expertise of EPA staff members, who will assist us in framing the right messages and getting the word out.
It makes good sense for each of us to practice integrated pest management. It’s good for the environment, it’s safer for everyone involved – including the animals – and it’s in line with growing governmental efforts to regulate the use of pesticides.
Keep an eye out for future AVMA@Work mentions about the EPA Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program. We look forward to helping you do all you can to reduce the impact of pesticides and lessen the harm they can do to people, animals and the environment we share.