Worldwide medical and scientific journal for animal health professionals

Issue number 30.2 Other Scientific

Antimicrobials: from a blessing to a curse

Published 19/11/2020

Written by Nancy De Briyne

Also available in Français , Deutsch , Italiano , Español and ภาษาไทย

Nancy De Briyne describes how the veterinary profession can develop responsible policies for the use of antimicrobials that will enhance the health and welfare of both people and animals worldwide.

Antimicrobials: from a blessing to a curse

Key Points

AMR rates vary greatly between countries, antibiotic classes and bacteria, but they are at levels that give cause for concern almost everywhere.


Dogs and cats nowadays live in much closer contact with their owners, and as a result zoonotic bacteria can easily spread between companion animals and their owners.


Widespread use of antimicrobials in the past decades has led to a dramatic emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and it is anticipated that this could have a major impact for public health in the years ahead.


Responsible use of antimicrobials, and an overall decrease in antibiotic use, can lead to a decline in AMR.


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