Antimicrobial use in animals, people, and the environment may contribute to antimicrobial resistance , which poses direct risks to animal health and welfare and can potentially impact human health.
The AVMA worked with microbiologists, epidemiologists, and species experts to identify bacteria affecting multiple animal species for which there is evidence of resistance to available antimicrobials. The resulting report, Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens affecting animal health in the US , can assist veterinary teams, producers , breeders, and animal owners with antimicrobial stewardship efforts.
Antimicrobial stewardship refers to actions taken to preserve the effectiveness and availability of antimicrobial drugs through responsible decision-making and conscientious oversight, while safeguarding animal, public, and environmental health.
Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens: A report
Maintaining the effectiveness of antimicrobials approved for therapeutic use in animals requires attention to stewardship across the One Health spectrum, especially among leaders in veterinary medicine, animal production, and public health. This report includes actions that veterinarians and our teams, producers, breeders, and others seeking medical care for animals can take to collaboratively combat antimicrobial resistance.
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