NIAA Symposium on Antibiotic Use and Resistance Calls for Collaborative ‘One Health” Approach

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) recently hosted a three-day symposium in Columbus, Ohio on antimicrobial use and resistance: ”A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use & Resistance: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose”.

Dr. Ron DeHaven, AVMA Executive Vice-President, gave the opening presentation on antimicrobial use in veterinary medicine.  Additional topics addressed by the animal health, human health and environmental health experts during the symposium covered an overview of antibiotic use, the history of antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial resistance surveillance, environmental contamination with antimicrobial residues, the interplay of animal and human antimicrobial resistant populations, nationally funded antimicrobial resistance research projects and alternatives to antibiotics in agriculture.

A large part of the conference was comprised of roundtable discussions.  These four interactive sessions allowed for input from attendees to help move the discussion forward.  Presentations by symposium speakers will be available online at www.animalagriculture.org; a White Paper is being developed and will also be available online at NIAA’s website.

For information and the White Paper from NIAA’s 2011 symposium, Antibiotic Use in Food Animals, please visit the NIAA website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Ashley Morgan, assistant director, AVMA Governmental Relations Division.

 

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