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2016 Call for Positions

On December 14, 2016 UC ANR Vice President Humiston announced the the release of 26 CE positions from the 2016 call for a new round of hiring over the next two years. This new release continues the commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving the goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, UC ANR will consider additional positions.

2016 approved CE positions

January 12, 2016 solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions in the ANR Update. The call identified positions for strengthening and expanding the UC ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Below this public webpage displays all 138 new CE position proposals (there is a search tool to assist in finding proposals).

The online submittal process was open from January 12 – May 5 (5:00 PM) to allow as much time as possible for internal consultation and external input from UC ANR stakeholders in all program areas. Submissions were accepted from the following official submitter groups:

The Review Phase was completed May 5 – August 1. All proposals were reviewed. The program area and unit reviews were conducted by the Program Teams; geographic groups of County/Multicounty Partnership and Research and Extension Center Directors, and the UC ANR affiliated colleges and school. These groups prioritized and provided rationale for the position proposals under their purview. This input was used to inform UC ANR Program Council’s recommendations and ultimately the UC ANR Vice President’s decisions. More information about the review process is available in the review orientation.

The public comment period was open Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. Comments can be viewed by clicking the position links below. Comments were reviewed by the review groups, Program Council and the Vice President.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or katherine.webb-martinez@ucop.edu.

 

2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

072 Antimicrobial Stewardship Specialist

The focus of this position is to enhance outreach with relevant stakeholders on improving judicious use of antibiotics in California’s food animal production systems (small to large-scale commercial agricultural systems, 4-H, and backyard enthusiasts) and to conduct research on the beneficial impacts of antimicrobial stewardship. Areas of research emphasis will include the beneficial effects of antimicrobial stewardship on reducing the occurrence of antimicrobial resistant pathogens in meat, poultry and milk produced in California, methodologies to induce behavioral change among animal handlers and veterinarians regarding judicious use of antibiotics, on-farm risk factors for persistent antimicrobial resistance, and developing scientifically-validated yet practical alternatives to the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs, such as effective vaccines, sanitation and hygiene, and improved livestock management practices.  This position will be located at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center at Tulare, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.

Proposed Location/Housing

Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis, at Tulare, CA.

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide (throughout California).

Contacts

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Comments

11 Comments

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Antibiotic resistance and the surrounding dialogue sorely needs a respected scientific engagement. Alternatives to antibiotics, public perception and education, information dissemination to more focus and all will benefit from this position.

Decisions are being made without sound information. Rhetoric is superseding rationale on both sides. It is just this kind of circumstance that the University was created to resolve. .
Posted Jun 27, 2016 6:26 AM by Paul Martin
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As the Executive Director of the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF), I am writing in support of the position of Specialist in Antimicrobial Stewardship.

CDRF is deeply embedded in California dairy industry and its communities and uses its non-profit public benefit structure to lead and deliver best research and science-based programs toward an innovative and sustainable California and U.S. dairy industry. The proposed position and subsequent research expectations align with CDRF objectives due to its potential for scientific discovery benefitting the state’s diverse livestock/poultry production systems, including the development and optimization of scientifically validated practical alternatives to the use of medically important antimicrobial drugs.

In addition, the position’s expected communications and collaboration with stakeholders, farmers and faculty focused on livestock health, commodity organizations, and state and federal agencies is imperative to the goal of implementing a multidisciplinary approach to reduce AMR in food animals and retail meat while also considering animal well-being and welfare.

In summary, from a research perspective, there is still no strong science based consensus on how to best reduce antimicrobial resistance. Therefore, longitudinal studies, such as those proposed to be implemented by this new statewide position, will be essential toward gaining valuable insights regarding antimicrobial stewardship and resistance in food animals and the retail food supply.

The Specialist position will play a crucial role in the translation and delivery of research programs and outcomes to the California industry. Thus, such a position is vital to our dairy industry remaining competitive, profitable and sustainable while improving the health and care of dairy cattle.

We look forward to working with the successful candidate.
Posted Jun 28, 2016 12:07 PM by Dr. Gonca Pasin, Executive Director California Dairy Research Foundation
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I am commenting for the State Veterinarian, Dr. Annette Jones. This is a very critical position.

CDFA has been given the charge to develop antimicrobial stewardship and monitoring programs for our commodity groups in California. And SB 27 has identified the University of California and Cooperative Extension as resources we can work with on this issue. We need someone with expertise and interest to assist us in this effort. They can act as a point person with the University to assist in developing University team efforts regarding this topic and they can be a point person with industry as well.

The State needs programs within the academic environment that can work with California's livestock and poultry industries to not just adopt good stewardship principles but to develop scientifically sound tools for them to accomplish this task. The range of need is broad: development of rapid diagnostics, susceptibility testing, new antimicrobials, scientifically valid alternatives to antimicrobials including vaccines, and even more research into the mechanisms of resistance development.

Additionally, there is need for understanding the relationship between on-farm antimicrobial use to resistance in animal microbial pathogens to better determine appropriate mitigation schemes. Having this knowledge and implementing these schemes can help us preserve the limited number of antimicrobials that are available now for veterinary use as our pool of antimicrobials is not likely become bigger in the near future.

In conclusion, there is much that needs to be done and a Cooperative Extension Specialist that can work in this arena is a necessity.
Posted Jun 28, 2016 1:11 PM by Dennis Wilson
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California Wool Growers Association (CWGA) supports the proposed position for an Antimicrobial Stewardship Specialist. With growing concerns about antibiotic resistance, consumers ask how antibiotic use in animals could affect their health and the health of their families. While many understand that these medicines are needed to protect animal health and produce safe food, livestock producers continue to be challenged by the public to ensure antibiotics are used responsibly to minimize the selection for antibiotic-resistant bacteria and to protect these valuable medications for both human and animal health. The topic of antibiotic resistance is complex, and certain facts must be established in order to have a productive dialogue about issues concerning antibiotic use and a strategy in dealing with these issues. This position will provide education, research and communication to livestock producers regarding this complex issue to ensure that California’s livestock are healthy and producers provide safe food for consumers. CWGA is one of many stakeholders that will benefit from having an Antimicrobial Stewardship Specialist in California.
Posted Jul 3, 2016 7:33 AM by California Wool Growers Association
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California Pork Producers Association (CPPA) supports the proposed position for an Antimicrobial Stewardship Specialist. The pork industry is committed to ensuring responsible antibiotic use in animals to protect the efficacy of antibiotics for humans and animals. CPPA is committed to helping consumers understand how and why antibiotics are used to keep our food safe and animals healthy through continuous improvement of best practices on the farm. Antibiotic resistance is a critical issue that everyone must address together through a science-based approach. The topic of antibiotic resistance is complex, and certain facts must be established in order to have a productive discussion about issues concerning antibiotic use and a strategy in dealing with these issues. This position would explore how to expand and enhance the preventive health measures and technologies in animal agriculture that will reduce the need for medically-important antimicrobials using education, research and communication strategies that will ultimately work for the betterment of people, pigs and the planet. CPPA is one of many stakeholders that will benefit from having an Antimicrobial Stewardship Specialist in California.
Posted Jul 3, 2016 7:41 AM by California Pork Producers Association
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There are significant changes in how antibiotics are being managed for use in California’s livestock and poultry. These changes stem from both state and federal actions to address the issue of antimicrobial resistance. California’s livestock and poultry producers will face new restrictions on antibiotic use and will need assistance in complying with these new rules. The University of California can be helpful in providing the necessary assistance to producers by providing a CE Specialist in Antimicrobial Stewardship. The California Farm Bureau Federation appreciates UCCE’s consideration of a CE Specialist in Antimicrobial Stewardship and respectfully requests that this position be created and filled.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 3:40 PM by California Farm Bureau Federation
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I am a veterinarian in mixed-animal private practice and the chair of the California Veterinary Medical Association's Agriculture Committee. I cannot speak for the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), but was very involved in S.B. 27 with the CVMA.

This position is sorely needed, and is a perfect fit for the University and the School of Veterinary Medicine. Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a popular topic not only in the scientific community but the public as well. California is at the forefront of the discussion with the passage of S.B. 27 and the new federal Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulations.

Throughout S.B. 27's legislative process, it was very apparent to me that more scientific information about AMR was needed and will be needed in the future. Additionally, once that information is generated, it will be essential to educate all sectors involved in the AMR discussion. I have given two talks on AMR at our state veterinary conference, and both were well-attended. While veterinarians in all segments of private practice are passionate about AMR and deal with making appropriate antimicrobial selections daily, we welcome great scientific data produced here in California for our specific animal populations.

Distribution of scientific information to individuals involved in all facets of production agriculture is a core mission of University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE).

Personally, I see this position as step in the right direction for UCCE, as many other extension positions have become overshadowed by private industry and its research. This is one of the few positions UCCE can quickly emerge as a leader in the field and truly make a difference for veterinary medicine and production agriculture in California.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 8:57 PM by Michael Karle, D.V.M.
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A survey was created in collaborative tools and emailed to members of the Dairy Production and Food Safety Program Team in June encouraging members to review positions and provide input. Based on responses to that survey and input provided during the program team meeting in March the following comments are provided:
Dairy production fits two of our initiatives within ANR: healthy families and communities, sustainable food systems. The Program Team identifies this as a high priority position. Food safety and security are important to all Californians. Prudent use of antibiotics is important and necessary. Defining the cause and effect relationship between use of antimicrobials in animal production systems and antibiotic resistance in humans is an important first step. The recent Feed Directive from FDA should reduce use of non-therapeutic antibiotics for some livestock and poultry species.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 12:21 PM by Deanne Meyer
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There is no more complex issue facing agriculture and veterinary medicine then that of effective antimicrobial stewardship. Parsing out what how best to balance disease treatment and prevention in both livestock and humans as well as to preserve the effectiveness of these pharmaceuticals for us, our pets and our food animals remains a confusing and contentious arena, often filled with misinformation, supposition and rhetoric. While, for instance, evidence exists for the presence of antimicrobial resistance already existed dating back to the stone age, CDC estimates at least 2 million people become infected with resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. If there ever was an area ripe for clarity, collaboration and careful investigation by the UC, this is it. Similarly there is a no more pressing policy and regulatory issue facing producers and veterinarians. The first national regulations regarding prudent use (the “Veterinary Feed Directive”) will be implemented and enforced at the beginning of the coming new year. Even more exacting state regulations (“Senate Bill 27”) will be enacted twelve months later. These novel state and federal regulations make the need for assistance to livestock and poultry producers even pressing. There is then understandably an audience primed for UC leadership in all of this. Elsewhere you will find support for this position from the dairy, pork and sheep industries. The California Farm Bureau Federation our own State Veterinarian recognize that this make be the one position were UCCE could quickly make a difference in an emerging animal and human health area. I urge ANR to support this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 1:29 PM by Michael Payne
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On behalf of the California dairy families we represent, Milk Producers Council (MPC) would like to express our strong support for the addition of a new UC Cooperative Extension Specialist Position in Antimicrobial Stewardship.

California dairy families take great pride in producing a wholesome, nutrient-rich food product that is a key component of a healthy diet. Our consumers hold our dairy farmers to the highest of standards for food safety and animal welfare. Therefore, the dairy industry has been a key part of the discussions in recent years about the appropriate use of antibiotics for treating animals such as our cows.

This new Specialist Position could play a much-needed role in ensuring that sound science is the basis by which future regulatory policies are developed and implemented – or perhaps to even re-evaluate some of the initial regulations that have already been passed based on rhetoric and emotion, rather than facts. Focused academic and scientific research along with industry collaboration that could result from the addition of this new position will be critical in bringing much-needed clarity into the debate.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:55 PM by Robert Vandenheuvel, Milk Producers Council
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Western United Dairymen eagerly supports the addition an Antimicrobial Stewardship Specialist to the School of Veterinary Medicine/ Vet Med teaching and research center.
Dairy producers strive for responsible antibiotic use in their cattle to ensure the efficacy of the product used, maintain heard health and food safety and instill consumer confidence. We feel that the creation of this position would provide solid research and sound information to assist in that mission. In addition, the position would bring needed scientific engagement to this very hot topic at both the state and federal legislative levels and the consumer community.

Thank you for your consideration,
Anja Raudabaugh
Chief Executive Officer
Western United Dairymen
Posted Jul 11, 2016 9:50 PM by Anja Raudabaugh

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