PCAST discussion and report on antimicrobial resistance

Healthy animals make healthy food, and veterinarians are on the front lines when it comes to keeping our nation’s food supply safe. Antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance are hot issues in the news right now, and there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation in the media and on the Internet. Advances in animal health care and management have greatly improved food safety over the years and have reduced the need for antimicrobials in food production systems. Nevertheless, antimicrobials are an important part of the veterinarian’s toolkit, and veterinarians agree that they should be used judiciously and in the best interest of animal health and public health.

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) will discuss its report on antimicrobial resistance during its Friday (July 11) meeting in D.C. If you’d like to watch the webcast of the meeting, see the report once it’s posted, or learn more about the PCAST, please visit the PCAST website.  AVMA will review the report once it is available.

Resources central to the issue include:

Additional, related AVMA policies:

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  1. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has released its report, “Combating Antibiotic Resistance.” In addition, the National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and a Presidential Executive Order on the issue were also released.

    Report: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_carb_report_sept2014.pdf

    National Strategy: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/carb_national_strategy.pdf

    Presidential Executive Order: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/18/executive-order-combating-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria