Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship

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Antimicrobial Use & Stewardship Program


November 18 Kicks Off
Antibiotic Awareness Week 2020

Spread The Word: Appropriate Antibiotic Use Is Critical


U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, Novemeber 18-24, 2020


AUS joins colleagues around the world in celebrating Antimicrobial Awareness Week, November 18-24, 2020!

The month of November also marks both U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (11/18 – 11/24) and international One Health Day (11/3). Antibiotic resistance is a One Health issue important to all of us – across human, animal, and environmental health sectors. AUS is proud to be the nation's first-of-its-kind program that is focused on preserving the efficacy of antibiotic drugs in livestock through veterinary oversight.

Handle Antimicrobials with Care. We can all help!


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Since the introduction of antimicrobials in the 1940s, illness and deaths in both people and animals from infectious diseases have been greatly reduced. Unfortunately, as these drugs have been used so widely for so long to treat both humans and animals, many of the germs (bacteria) are adapting and are no longer vulnerable, making them resistant to these wonder drugs.

A coordinated effort by physicians, veterinarians, individual patients, animal caretakers and producers is essential in order to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobial drugs. CDFA’s Antimicrobial Use & Stewardship program provides the education and tools for veterinarians and producers to make decisions regarding disease prevention and judicious use of antimicrobials in livestock. The intent is to uphold best animal health practices in order to provide a safe, secure, and bountiful food supply, while reducing the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.


Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

AMR Video by TED Ed.