Online course in Health & Psychology

Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Practice

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

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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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.

What topics will you cover?

  • Risks for and mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • Veterinary prescribing behaviour, antimicrobial use and AMR: external influences and internal motivations
  • Species-specific challenges to good antimicrobial stewardship
  • Clinical governance and monitoring antimicrobial prescribing patterns
  • Evidence-based veterinary medicine and best-practice prescribing
  • Antimicrobial stewardship in practice: Strategies for motivating change towards more responsible antimicrobial use

When would you like to start?

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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

David Tisdall

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.

Kristen Reyher

Kristen Reyher

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 Leonard

Finola Leonard

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

John Remnant

John Remnant

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.

Tim Nuttall

Tim Nuttall

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

Jill Maddison

Jill Maddison

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 Williams

Nicola Williams

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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