Prevent and control infection

  • Contact with animals that have antimicrobial resistance (AMR) infections can transfer resistant bacteria to people, and vice versa. 
  • AMR infections in food-producing animals may pose a risk to human health through foods, but this needs further research.
  • AMR can also be transmitted to humans via the environment, water and direct contact with animals, and vice versa. 

What is industry doing?

  • Industries have increased their efforts in AMR surveillance and adopting antimicrobial stewardship practices on farms. 
  • Industries have begun an Australian Intensive Animal Antimicrobial Stewardship working group to share ideas and to develop and implement stewardship frameworks. 

What can you do?

  • Understand that not all sick animals need antibiotics.
  • Use suitable biosecurity practices to control infections.
  • Separate sick animals to avoid spread of infection.
  • Only use antibiotics when prescribed by your veterinarian. 
  • Keep to the withholding periods set out by your veterinarian.
  • Consult your veterinarian for further information.


Last updated: 
9 November 2017