Antimicrobial Use in Companion Animal Practice

Judicious therapeutic use of antimicrobials is critically important regardless of your patient species. Proper use of antimicrobials in companion animals is essential to optimize therapeutic efficacy, enhance treatment success, and minimize resistance to antimicrobials; all of which contribute to protecting public health and animal health and well-being.

The AVMA understands and supports veterinarians utilizing their professional discretion and expertise in making clinical decisions based on factors unique to each patient, client, or veterinary practice. The following are resources from the Antimicrobial Guidelines Working Group of the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID) and the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA); however, these resources are not intended to be, and should not be interpreted as establishing standards of care.

AVMA resources:

ISCAID resources:

FECAVA resources:

Guidelines such as these should not be construed as dictating an exclusive course of treatment or procedure. Variations in practice may be warranted based on factors unique to the patient, client, or veterinary practice, in accordance with best clinical judgment.

Relevant AVMA Policy: