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Pesticide News Story: New Pet Incident Reporting Mechanism Available for Veterinarians

For Release: December 10, 2008

The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) has developed a Web site for veterinarians to report pesticide incidents involving animals. The new Web site is for use by veterinarians only and can be accessed through the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Web site under the Animal Health Section by clicking on “Adverse Event Reporting” and then using the members-only link under the pesticide reporting heading.

The reporting site was developed by NPIC with input from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Pesticide Program, the AVMA’s Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee, and the Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents. The site was designed to capture the optimal amount of relevant information using a form that is quick for busy practitioners to fill out.

The data will be evaluated by EPA. Most of the reports of more severe pesticide- related incidents EPA receives are neurological or dermatologic in nature. The reports from veterinarians will help improve the quality of all animal incident data.

NPIC is a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and EPA. NPIC provides objective, science-based information about a variety of pesticide-associated subjects to the general public, health care providers, physicians, veterinarians, as well as to local, state and federal agencies.

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