Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Practice (2016)

The AVMA formed the Task Force on Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Practice to provide guidance for implementing antimicrobial stewardship in companion animal practice. The task force membership consisted of an interdisciplinary assemblage of professionals from varied backgrounds representing clinical practice, government, infectious disease, pharmacology, industry, and public health. The task force’s goal was to consider the emerging impact of multidrug-resistant organisms in companion animal practice and design approaches to address this challenge.

Collectively, the task force developed several strategies to help the veterinary profession combat the serious threat of antimicrobial resistance. The task force’s full report is available here.

This report is provided for informational purposes only regarding the use of antimicrobials in companion animals. The information in this report has not been approved by the AVMA Board of Directors or the House of Delegates, and it is not to be construed as AVMA policy. This report is not intended as a definitive statement on the subject, but rather to serve as a resource providing practical information for the reader. If you would like to provide feedback regarding the report’s contents, please send your feedback to antimicrobials@avma.org.

This report was prepared by the AVMA Task Force on Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Practice, and the AVMA Board of Directors would like to thank the members of the Task Force for their hard work in the development of this report.