Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship

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Antimicrobial Use & Stewardship Program


Antimicrobial Stewardship During COVID-19 Pandemic A printer-friendly infographic listing considerations for the continuation of antimicrobial stewardship in livestock during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Antimicrobial Stewardship Planning Checklist is designed to help veterinarians engage in conversation with their livestock producers regarding broad, non-species specific health related topics. These topics are general considerations that veterinarians and producers may find useful when developing and implementing on-farm animal health plans. Use of these resources is voluntary and is helpful to facilitate and maintain a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR). Both checklist documents contain the same text, presented 2 different ways:

Antimicrobial Stewardship Planning Checklist One-Pager The one-pager checklist format is useful as a quick guide.

Antimicrobial Stewardship Planning Checklist Workbook The checklist workbook format has added space for notes and discussion.

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.