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Donald Prater

Deputy Director in the FDA Europe Office

Dr. Donald A. Prater received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Following a residency in anatomic pathology, he joined FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine as a Veterinary Medical Officer.  He was involved in the creation of the Aquaculture Drugs Team at FDA/CVM which included the development a public aquaculture data generating paradigm, approval of the first new antimicrobial therapies for aquaculture in over 20 years, use of antimicrobial risk mitigation strategies, and implementation of the Minor Use and Minor Species (MUMS) Act. Dr. Prater served as the FDA/CVM pathologist providing anatomic and clinical pathology review for domestic animal safety studies, co-authoring industry standards for the conduct of microscopic evaluation for animal safety studies, and participating in the development of the VICH Guideline GL43 - Target Animal Safety for Veterinary Pharmaceutical Products. He participated as a member of an FAO/OIE/WHO expert consultation on antimicrobial use in aquaculture and antimicrobial resistance, co-authored the AVMA/FDA guideline on judicious use of antimicrobials by aquatic veterinarians and served as consultant/expert to FAO Fisheries and OIE on antimicrobial resistance and risk analysis guidelines for aquatic species. Dr. Prater led the U.S. Delegation section on risk management for the Codex Alimentarius Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance.

In his current capacity as Deputy Director in the FDA Europe Office and Liaison Officer to the European Food Safety Authority, Dr. Prater works to enhance the safety of food products by facilitating contact and collaboration between scientific and technical experts in the United States and Europe. Working together with foreign governments, industry and trade associations he helps to increase their knowledge and understanding of and ability to comply with FDA regulations when exporting products to the United States.

Dr. Prater has an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland and has coordinated veterinary clerkships students at FDA/CVM, taught courses in Veterinary Public Policy and served as Chair of the Educational Commission on Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG).