Spotlight on antimicrobial resistance in animals
1 June 2017
Agriculture Victoria is raising awareness of antimicrobial resistance at this year's Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) Annual Conference.
The conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 4 – 9 June 2017.
Agriculture Victoria's exhibition will showcase the department's important work in the fields of animal health, biosecurity and welfare.
Agriculture Victoria staff will also be promoting awareness about antimicrobial resistance (AMR), as part of implementing actions under Australia's First National AMR Strategy, released in 2015.
Victoria's Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Charles Milne said "AMR is a major global public health problem that occurs when bacteria are no longer sensitive to previously effective antibiotics."
AMR can result in antibiotics becoming ineffective, with serious consequences to human and animal health, which can include death from previously treatable infections. The reduction of use and appropriate use of antimicrobials are essential for fighting antimicrobial resistance.
Dr Milne said "We need to work together using a One Health approach to fight antimicrobial resistance and ensure we have effective antimicrobials to use in both human and veterinary medicine in the future."
The One Health approach regards the health of humans, animals and the environment to be closely linked.
Pet owners and farmers are encouraged to consider the following:
- not all sick animals need antibiotics
- many minor infections and injuries can heal without antibiotics
- only give antibiotics to your animal if your vet prescribes them
- follow vet instructions fully when using a course of antibiotics.
Dr Milne also called for vets to put antimicrobial stewardship plans in place and review them regularly to reflect best practice.
For more information and resources, visit the new AMR web pages on the Agriculture Victoria website.
Categorised under: Agriculture,Biosecurity