Antimicrobial resistance information for veterinary practitioners

'Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of a microorganism (like bacteria, viruses and parasites) to stop an antimicrobial (such as antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials) from working against it. As a result, standard medical treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others. Resistance to current antimicrobials is increasing faster than the development of new drugs, and so effective treatments cannot keep pace. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes AMR as a looming crisis in which common and treatable infections will become life threatening.' (Antimicrobial resistance, Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment)

Veterinary practitioners play an important role in limiting and minimising the spread of antimicrobial resistance and are encouraged to participate in antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programs. This page contains news and resources for veterinary practitioners from the Australian and Victorian Governments, the Australian Veterinary Association and other organisations.

AMR news

Antimicrobial resistance - an issue for all veterinarians

Posted on 30/12/2019
Australian Government overview of Australia's response to antimicrobial resistance and the role of veterinarians in antimicrobial stewardship.

Agriculture Victoria update on antimicrobial resistance

Posted on 30/06/2019
Update on Victorian Government resources for veterinary practitioners on antimicrobial resistance.

AMR resources

International organisations: Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment: Agriculture Victoria (Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions):
  • Antimicrobial resistance - explains the issues and the actions that can be taken, includes factsheets for download
  • Information for veterinarians - includes key messages on fighting antibiotic resistance and posters to download.
  • Resources and presentations - includes links to online courses and presentations from Australian Chief Veterinary Officers, a professor in microbiology from the University of Melbourne, and a dairy cattle specialist.
The University of Melbourne: The Australian Veterinary Assocation: Training modules:


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