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Certificate of Achievement

Randal Oulton

has completed the following course:

Antimicrobial Resistance in the Food Chain

The University of Nottingham

This course explored how antibiotic use in farming is selecting for resistant bacteria within our food chain, and investigated potential solutions for tackling this growing crisis.

3 weeks, 3 hours per week

Paul Barrow

Professor of Veterinary Infectious Diseases

The University of Nottingham

Dr Robert Atterbury

Lecturer in Veterinary Microbiology and Public Health

The University of Nottingham

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Learning outcomes

  • Describe the connection between antibiotic use and the development of antibiotic resistance.
  • Describe the mechanisms and dynamics of transfer of resistant bacteria within and along the food chain, as well as describe the environmental impact of the use of antimicrobials.
  • Appraise current legislation and policy in relation to controlling usage of antimicrobials in the food chain.
  • Identify alternative approaches to infection control not involving antibiotics.


  • Antimicrobial agents: What they are, how they work, and how resistance develops and transfers between bacteria.
  • Introduction to the basis of controls currently applied to antimicrobial usage.
  • Usage of antimicrobials in the animal food chain – as therapeutic agents, prophylactics, metaphylactics and growth promoters.
  • Increasing frequency of antimicrobial resistance genes in the food chain - evidence of the causal effect of antibiotic use in animal production on resistance development.
  • The epidemiological links between use in animals and public health.
  • The environmental impact of antibiotic use in livestock.
  • Current UK, EU and global policy and legislation.
  • Proposed future legislation and policy actions to tackle AMR.
  • Impact on global trade and supply chain.
  • Good practice in the industry, use of alternative approaches and how this can stop the spread of AMR.

Issued on 6th November 2020

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Antimicrobial Resistance in the Food Chain

The University of Nottingham