Antimicrobial Use and Resistance
Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem that arises from the use of antimicrobials (or antibiotics) in both humans and animals, and all individuals interacting with animals have a stewardship responsibility. Animal uses of medically important antimicrobials require a veterinary prescription to ensure responsible use. To further reduce the need for antimicrobials in animal agriculture, many industry bodies have developed strategies and programs to promote best practice adoption through the use of alternative measures such as biosecurity protocols, vaccination programs, and veterinary health products.
The Antimicrobial Use and Resistance (AMU/AMR) Committee meets regularly to review information and updates in legislation and science as they pertain to Canadian animal populations.
AHC (formerlythe National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council) has a number of reports on the topic of Antimicrobial Use and Resistance, including:
- Antimicrobial Stewardship in Food Animals Progress on Recommendations and Stakeholder Activities - 2019
- Antimicrobial Stewardship in Food Animals in Canada - 2016
- Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance - Strategies for Animal Agriculture - 2014
Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Use Initiatives in Humans and Animals in Canada - 2012