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Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Practice

How can good antimicrobial stewardship prevent antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in veterinary practices? Find out on this course.

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Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Practice

Learn how to improve antimicrobial stewardship as a veterinary nurse or surgeon

Vets and human health professionals both have a responsibility to address the challenge of antimicrobial stewardship. Veterinary nurses, surgeons and pharmacists need the skills to prescribe antibiotics rationally and responsibly.

On this interactive course, you’ll challenge the norms of veterinary prescribing and gain the tools needed to introduce good antimicrobial stewardship practices in your own context. You will explore the challenges of monitoring responsible medicine use and relevant solutions. You will gain the confidence needed to instil change in your own veterinary practice.


  • Week 1

    Understanding medicines use

    • Welcome to week 1

      Welcome to week 1 of the course.

    • Antimicrobial stewardship

      Why is AMS important and in a local and global context?

    • Antimicrobial resistance

      Mechanisms, development and transmission of AMR.

    • Reviewing current prescribing practices

      How do we prescribe antimicrobials?

    • Challenges to achieving good antimicrobial stewardship

      What challenges do we face when implementing AMS in different species disciplines?

    • End of week 1

      A summary of the content of week 1.

  • Week 2

    Engaging with medicines use

    • Welcome to week 2

      Welcome to week 2 of the course.

    • Evidence-based veterinary medicine (EBVM) and antimicrobial stewardship

      How can you implement EBVM into antimicrobial stewardship at your local practice?

    • Clinical governance and antimicrobial stewardship

      Monitoring and benchmarking antimicrobial use, development and transmission.

    • Companion animal practice

      AMS in companion animal practice - some case studies.

    • Production animal practice

      AMS in production animal practice - some case studies.

    • Equine practice

      AMS in equine practice - some case studies.

    • End of week 2

      A summary of the content covered in week 2.

  • Week 3

    Transforming medicines use

    • Welcome to week 3

      Welcome to week 3 of the course.

    • Companion animal practice

      AMS in companion animal practice - some case studies.

    • Production animal practice

      AMS in production animal practice - some case studies.

    • Equine practice

      AMS in equine practice - some case studies.

    • Exotics practice

      AMS in exotics practice - some case studies.

    • Human medical practice

      AMS in human medical practice, and how this could relate to veterinary practice.

    • Motivating lasting change

      How you can use communication to initiate lasting change in clients.

    • Transforming antimicrobial use

      What can you do in your local context to improve AMS?

    • End of course!

      A summary of all the content covered in this course!

Who is this accredited by?

Royal College of Pathologists
Royal College of Pathologists:

The Royal College of Pathologists is a professional membership organisation with charitable status, concerned with all matters relating to the science and practice of pathology.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the importance of and reflect on their responsibility for antimicrobial stewardship within their local context, in relation to the big picture of One Health, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and preventative healthcare
  • Evaluate the risks for AMR development and transmission globally and within their local context, and the relationship between prescribing behaviour and AMR development
  • Reflect on the internal and external, systemic and human factors that influence their current prescribing practices within their local context and identify opportunities for change
  • Evaluate current antimicrobial use and stewardship within the veterinary practices in which they work and engage with the challenges to responsible antimicrobial use
  • Develop and lead strategies to motivate good antimicrobial stewardship practices and implement interventions to increase effective prescribing

Who is the course for?

This course is for veterinary surgeons, nurses and pharmacists with a basic clinical knowledge of antimicrobial prescribing practice. The course has a focus on the UK context but can be applied internationally.

Who will you learn with?

David Tisdall is Head of Department of Clinical Veterinary Sciences and Senior Teaching Fellow in Production Animal Medicine at the University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine.

I have worked as a livestock veterinarian in three countries and am now Reader in Veterinary Epidemiology and Population Health at the Bristol Veterinary School.

Finola (Nola) Leonard specialises in veterinary bacteriology and infectious disease. She is Chair of the UCD Veterinary Hospital Infection Control Committee and the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Committee

I am a specialist cattle vet working at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. I have a particular interest in herd health and in farm vet careers and education.

I'm a veterinary dermatologist. I also work with the Controlling Antimicrobial Resistance in Scotland partnership through the Scottish Veterinary Antimicrobial Prescribing Group.

I am Professor of General Practice at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and Director of Professional Development overseeing the RVC's continuing education programmes.

Nicola is a microbiologist who works on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial prescribing practice, looking at drivers for use, selection and transmission of AMR in a range of animal species.

Who developed the course?


Founded in 1971, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy exists to facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in the field of antimicrobial chemotherapy.


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