AVMA Strategy Regarding Antimicrobial-Resistant Bacteria

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Antimicrobial resistance is a critically important One Health issue. The development and transmission of antimicrobial resistance can be influenced by many factors, including antimicrobial use. The AVMA's comprehensive science-based strategy of legislative, regulatory, and public education activities regarding antimicrobial resistance includes the following: 

  • Interaction of relevant entities and stakeholders to define and pursue coordinated efforts in support of additional research regarding the ecology of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Advocacy for risk/benefit assessments of the effects of antimicrobial use on animal health and welfare and public health to support translation of knowledge into sound management practices.
  • Science-based education, including the following: 
    • General consumer education about the value of antimicrobials in improving animal health and welfare and public health.
    • Education of federal legislators and their staffs regarding the public and animal health aspects of antimicrobial drug availability, antimicrobial resistance and species best use practices in food animals.
    • Education of veterinarians, and through them their clients, about mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and practices to sustain drug efficacy.

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