How Veterinarians Can Educate Themselves About Bees

October 1, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski

There are multiple ways for
veterinarians to get educated. I took beekeeping when I was in vet
school from University of Illinois Extension Service, every land-grant
College has extension service. So, any veterinarian that wants to take get
involved with beekeeping can check their Extension Service, bee local bee clubs, they can volunteer there, most bee clubs have mentorship programs, or you can
volunteer to work with a beekeeper. YouTube videos, there’s hundreds of those, and then coming to talks like this. I I take such great pleasure in sharing
what I’ve learned over the years with other veterinarians, and I’m in touch
with entomologist around the country that are actually welcoming
veterinarians into the fold. Truth be told, antibiotics have been used
and misused in bee medicine, just like they were/are in other production, and I
think that cattle, dairy, poultry, swine producers expected these guidelines, but
the bee culture kind of got caught asleep at the wheel. And so, it’s going to
take time for us to educate ourselves as well as to establish a VCPR with
somebody we need to know of where we speak. And so, we need to educate
ourselves and learn the lingo, the timing I think we should keep bees to know the
animal, and get to know the beekeepers.