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General Meeting

  • 28 Apr 2022
  • 7:00 PM
  • Montgomery County 4H club and Zoom

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 All speakers will present via zoom, so everyone will also have the option of attending via zoom if you do not wish to attend in person.  Anyone attending in person will be required to wear a face mask if required by CDCNo drinks or snacks will be provided, but you may bring something for yourself.

Topic: Honey Bees and Veterinarians

In 2017, the FDA changed a lot of the rules for antibiotic use in food-producing animals.  Honey bees are food-producing animals, and they occasionally need antibiotics to treat disease.  While antibiotics for bees used to be available over the counter, they now require an order from a veterinarian.  The veterinarians and the beekeepers are now in an "arranged marriage" forged by the FDA and its antibiotic reforms.  We will spend some time explaining how the two can work together to make things better.

Our speaker: Christopher J Cripps, DVM -

Chris Cripps started to keep bees while earning his Boy Scout Merit Badge in Beekeeping.  While earning a Bachelor of Science degree at Cornell University, he took beekeeping classes that included laboratory sections.  While earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at The Ohio State University, he worked as a bee inspector for Franklin and Delaware Counties.  After graduation, he moved to Greenwich NY where he worked as a food animal veterinarian for 17 years while keeping bees as a sideline hobby.  In 2012, he bought Betterbee, a beekeeping supply business.  He has taught classes and works with customers to help diagnose and correct problems that come up with their bees.  He is a Past President of the Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association and a member of the New York State Apiary Industry Advisory Committee.   He helped organize the Honey Bee Veterinary Consortium.  He wrote the chapter “Veterinary Regulations” for Honey Bee Veterinary Medicine and co-authored the chapter “Honey Bees” in the 3rd edition of Invertebrate Medicine

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Serving Montgomery, Bucks and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, the MCBAPA is an association of hobbyist and professional beekeepers. Our mission is to provide education, hands-on training, support and fellowship in all aspects of beekeeping. Both experienced beekeepers and novices participate in our monthly meetings, field trips and social events.This is a good spot to place your secondary navigation gadget, like Navigation links, or Secondary menu.

Our meetings are held at:
Montgomery County 4-H Center
1015 Bridge Road (Route 113)
Skippack, PA 19426

General membership meetings are usually held the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 pm, but please check our calendar.

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