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Bryn Tennant
The Veterinary Nurse, Vol. 7, Iss. 10, 19 Dec 2016, pp 576 - 581

Antimicrobial drug resistance (AMR) poses a significant risk to human and animal health and the inappropriate use of antimicrobial drugs provides a selection pressure for its development. Rationalising and optimising their use in veterinary medicine is imperative. Antimicrobial stewardship is a strategy that can reduce the risk of resistance developing as it provides for careful and responsible management of antimicrobial drugs. It could form an integral part of a veterinary practice's policy on antimicrobial use. Development of an antimicrobial stewardship plan requires detailed knowledge of antimicrobial drugs, infectious agents and their likely resistance patterns, close collaboration with a microbiology service, and it can be informed by an antibiogram. This article discusses AMR, antibiosis and antimicrobial stewardship programmes.

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