You’ve seen them and heard them, haven’t you? The myriad news reports about antimicrobial use in agriculture and antimicrobial resistance? With all that’s out there, it can be difficult to get the information you need when you are bombarded with arguments from both sides of the issue.
The AVMA believes that antimicrobials are an important part of the veterinarian’s toolkit, and we also agree that antimicrobials should be used judiciously and in the best interest of animal and public health. We also want to be able to provide you with information on the topic that lets you know where the AVMA stands on the issues.
To that end, we recently updated our Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance web page to help you better frame the issue. If you haven’t already seen it, Dr. DeHaven and I encourage you to check it out. The latest version of the page includes the Executive Summary and the Full Report of our Antimicrobial Use Task Force, as well as a fact sheet for veterinarians that will help you answer your client’s questions.
This issue is here to stay, and the more information we have as veterinarians, the better prepared we will be to help shape the future use of these important food-safety drugs.