Antimicrobial Stewardship Resources

The continuing emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and multi-drug resistant bacterial infections are numerous and affect animals and humans alike. Treating these infections can be time consuming, costly for clients, and may be impossible in some cases, ultimately leading to euthanasia. It is critical for the safety of patients, veterinary personnel and clients to prevent and reduce AMR in veterinary patients and facilities.

Antimicrobial stewardship refers to “the multifaceted approaches required to sustain the efficacy of antimicrobials and minimize the emergence of AMR.” (JS Weese 2013).  Infection prevention and control also plays a critical role in any such program (for more information check out Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Best Practices for Small Animal Veterinary Clinics (2020) under OAHN resources).  The OAHN companion animal network has also developed a series of AM stewardship infographics available on our network homepage (OAHN login required). Below is a list of helpful resources for educating veterinary staff about AM stewardship, as well as developing and sustaining a clinic AM stewardship program (ASP).