The National Institute for Animal Agriculture has available a white paper, “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use & Resistance: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose,” from its 2012 Antimicrobial Use & Resistance Symposium.

The white paper gives a comprehensive look at the information generated by more than a dozen speakers from the animal health, human health, plant health, regulatory, international and other stakeholders in this issue.

Attendees at the conference participated in numerous roundtable discussions to identify issues, problems, goals, objectives and actions. Read the summaries of those discussions.


Key actions
Judicious use principles of antimicrobials in humans, animals and the environment will be critical moving forward, and the conference participants narrowed actions for the education on judicious use to five key areas:

  • Relationship between human health professionals and veterinary professionals should be established early in their careers (highest rated action).
  • A conference on antimicrobial use and AMR should be recurring and involve all stakeholders.
  • Consensus from the veterinary, environment, OIE and medical communities should be developed.
  • Continuing education about the judicious use for human health professionals and veterinary professionals should be required or at minimum increased.
  • Building trust with the media and providing education about antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance is paramount.

Read the full white paper.

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