Task force to create antimicrobial stewardship programs

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An AVMA task force will try to give companion animal veterinarians antimicrobial stewardship programs similar to those used in human hospitals.

Dog receiving a vaccineThe Association wants a group of experts in small animal medicine, infection control, and public health to find ways to reduce the spread of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and improve stewardship by companion animal veterinarians and their practices. The AVMA Executive Board voted in January to create the Task Force for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Practice and spend $15,000 for three meetings over the next 18 months.

The task force’s work will involve developing educational messages for clinicians, working with veterinary colleges on antimicrobial use education, and developing a national campaign to promote appropriate use of antimicrobials in pets.

During the board meeting, Dr. Ron DeHaven said AVMA staff will ensure that the task force’s work is consistent with work by the AVMA Steering Committee for FDA Policy on Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobials, which focuses on FDA regulations affecting food animal medicine.

The AVMA is looking for members to serve on the Task Force for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Companion Animal Practice. Information is available at avma.org/Members/Volunteer. March 11 is the nomination deadline.