Veterinarian organizations in Canada and Europe have released a statement in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to encourage best practices regarding microbial resistance. The Joint Statement on Continuous Monitoring of Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance encourages the use of targeted strategies to diminish antimicrobial resistance and guarantee antimicrobial oversight so that both animal and human medications will continue to be available.
These strategies are designed to safeguard animal welfare, the environment and public health by preserving the effectiveness and availability of antimicrobial drugs.
Some of the recommendations included in the statement are:
- Record keeping is essential to evaluate antimicrobial treatments
- Medically important antimicrobials should only be used with the oversight of a licensed veterinarian
- The use of antimicrobials with both companion animals and food production is necessary
- A global network should be established to monitor antimicrobial use and resistance
Read more at Veterinary Practice News.
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