The American Veterinary Medical Association acknowledges the significant challenges presented by antimicrobial resistance in human medicine. However, scientific evidence shows that the role and contribution of antimicrobials used in veterinary medicine and/or animal agriculture in that problem are minimal. In summary:
The AVMA does not believe that additional legislation is needed to regulate the uses of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine and animal agriculture and will, in fact, put animal health and welfare and public health at risk. The Food and Drug Administration has adequate authority for oversight but lacks the resources to accomplish its many priorities. What is needed, however, is improved monitoring and surveillance (and timelier reporting) of resistance, improved epidemiological studies to examine the causality of antimicrobial resistance, and risk-based decisions based on scientific evidence related to specific drugs and specific uses.