Tackling antibiotic resistance in veterinary practice: a team approach
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Antibiotic resistance is a major problem in veterinary and human medicine and is still on the increase. It's essential that veterinary practitioners understand the problem and its causes in order to counter it most effectively. Any such response will be most effectual if all members of the veterinary, and medical, team share responsibility and work constructively within their designated roles to combat areas where there is the potential for antibiotic resistance to develop. In particular, veterinary nurses and technicians need to focus on educating their clients, updating and implementing clinic protocols, and adhering to high standards of clinic hygiene. Time is also of the essence in tackling antibiotic resistance: the longer the delay in taking action to prevent it, the harder it will be to combat in the long run, with major health risks becoming associated with relatively minor illnesses or procedures and the inability to treat serious infections with current antibiotics.
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