AVMA weighs in on judicious use of antimicrobials in food animals

Protecting, Promoting and Advancing Veterinary MedicineVeterinary medicine – in concert with human medicine and other scientific disciplines – has an important role to play in combating antimicrobial resistance, which continues to grow in importance as a topic of medical and scientific concern. The AVMA is leading veterinary medicine’s work around this issue through our Committee on Antimicrobials and with efforts such as development of our policy on the Judicious Therapeutic Use of Antimicrobials.

This also includes regular communications with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that policies and regulations around antimicrobial use are both scientifically sound and in the best interests of veterinary medicine. The AVMA works hard to ensure that veterinarians are at the forefront of conversations that may impact drug availability, including regulatory changes in veterinary oversight.

As part of this work, we provided comments to the FDA on March 20 in response to the agency’s request for input in establishing appropriate durations of therapeutic administration of antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals. The AVMA’s response included a detailed overview of treatment durations for 10 diseases in food animals; we encourage you to read it in full.

This effort is just one facet of our ongoing work around antimicrobial resistance, which recently also has included creation of a wide range of resources to help AVMA’s member veterinarians understand and comply with the Veterinary Feed Directive. We’ll continue advocating to ensure that veterinarians’ voices help guide policy and laws related to antimicrobial resistance, and providing resources to help veterinarians implement practices to ensure judicial use.

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  1. So, again I am hearing of the “big farms” working against the antibiotics rules – I guess they can get a way with it, especially since their abuse in the first place started these rules that are only hurting the small farmer. I am lucky enough to have 30 years successful goat raising experience and with that have been able to keep my goats healthy and treated proactively with herbs, vitamins, and homeopathy. But there are many out there, and I do get calls from them, asking for help – no veterinarians available, or no emergent service available, or economically they cannot pay a $100 farm call or $50 office visit. Before it was easy to fix with oral powdered antibiotic at the outset of the illness, now you make us wait until the animal is very ill and have to use injectable antibiotics – that just makes no sense at all to me. I would have hoped, and I did send emails and letters to the USDA on this, that the USDA would have given certain permissions to small farms who need the availability to use oral antibiotics for illnesses without having to go to a veterinarian – this usually means the animal is past help or dead by the time they are able to see a veterinarian.