What should veterinarians know?
Veterinarians have prescribing rights which come with significant responsibilities. Veterinarians:
- can help minimise the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by pausing and considering each antimicrobial prescription
- can consult the World Organisation for Animal Health list of antimicrobials of veterinary importance (PDF, 363KB)
- can consult the importance ratings and summary of antibacterial uses in humans in Australia—developed by the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR (ASTAG). The ratings provide:
- guidance to clinicians about the importance of antibacterials available for human use in Australia
- guidance on antibacterials not used in Australia but which have the potential to select for cross resistance.
What can veterinarians do?
- educate animal owners and producers about AMR
- consult relevant policies regarding the use of antimicrobials in veterinary practice:
- refer to relevant prescribing guidelines where appropriate:
- the University of Melbourne veterinary prescribing guidelines for companion animals, equines and bovines
- base antibiotic prescriptions on culture and sensitivity findings, where possible
- use first line antibiotics where appropriate
- limit the use of antibiotics ranked highly important to human health (refer to the Veterinary use of antibiotics highly important for human health (PDF, 949KB) on this).