Judicious therapeutic use of antimicrobials is critically important regardless of your patient's species. Proper antimicrobial use optimizes therapeutic efficacy, enhances treatment success, and minimizes resistance to antimicrobials. Antimicrobial resistance threatens animal health and welfare, food production, and public health, and can impact the results of biomedical research.
Veterinarians have a unique and important role in helping protect antimicrobial effectiveness. AVMA supports veterinarians in this role with educational materials and policies outlining principles for antimicrobial stewardship and judicious use. These resources can help you protect antimicrobial effectiveness and protect animal and public health.