How to Treat Bee Diseases
Honey, beeswax, almonds, apples, oranges, broccoli, melons, berries and even beauty care products are all directly influenced by the honey bee. If you enjoy any of these products or more than 80 others, you too are directly influenced by the honey bee. The Western honey bee has been a valuable member of our agricultural workforce for nearly 400 years. Agriculturally, they are worth billions of dollars annually in production and pollination. Additionally, honey bees are kept by hobbyists and local bee keepers for enjoyment, pollination and small-volume honey production. However, as with any animal, bees get diseases – viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections plus many environmental disorders. Yes, that’s right … bees need veterinarians too!
About our speaker
Dr. Jeffrey Applegate, clinical assistant professor at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, received his DVM degree from Kansas State University in 2008. Upon graduation, he completed a one-year internship at Animal Medical Center in New York City. He then joined the Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital in Oakhurst, New Jersey, as an associate practitioner in the Avian and Exotic Animal Department, with responsibility for avian, small mammal and reptile cases. In March 2014 he accepted a position with the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital as a clinical veterinarian in the Avian and Exotic Animal Service.