The AVMA should be at the forefront of discussions about antimicrobial drugs in animals. Veterinarians are the professionals responsible for medical decision-making, antimicrobial stewardship, and conscientious oversight of antimicrobial use in animals. Therefore, the AVMA must:
- Proactively engage stakeholders and aggressively pursue opportunities to participate in and, where appropriate, lead those discussions.
- Make certain that an evidence-based approach is used for decision-making.
- Ensure that risks and benefits to both humans and animals are given due consideration.
- Incorporate members' expertise to effectively advocate for the veterinary profession, the animals in its care, and the public whose health veterinarians safeguard.