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October 25, 1985

Veterinary center safeguards larger public

JAMA. 1985;254(16):2236-2237. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360160066011

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"The M. he Center for Veterinary Medicine is really a microcosm of the Food and Drug Administration—for animals," says Gerald B. Guest, DVM, deputy director of the center. In other words, he explains, while there's a center each for human drugs, human devices, and human foods, this one center regulates all three for animals.

Still, Guest says, "our first concern is public health, then animal welfare."

Established in 1965, this center has five basic functions:

  • To develop and recommend the veterinary medical policy of the FDA for the safety and efficacy of animal drugs, feed additives, and devices (including international activities and liaisons).

  • To evaluate, for animal safety and efficacy, proposed and marketed animal drugs, feed additives, and devices.

  • To coordinate the veterinary medical aspects of agency inspectional and investigational programs and to provide veterinary medical opinions in animal drug hearings and court cases.

  • To plan,