Online course in Nature & Environment

Effective Livestock Production with Low Use of Antibiotics

Learn what antibiotic resistance is and how to prevent it while increasing productivity among your livestock.

Effective Livestock Production with Low Use of Antibiotics

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
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Understand disease prevention and antibiotic use in livestock production

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an increasing problem worldwide and is a threat to the health of animals and humans. But there is still a need for a efficient livestock production, which requires healthy animals. In many countries, this has led to extensive and often inappropriate use of antibiotics, which may contribute to increasing antibiotic resistance.

On this course, you will learn how basic disease preventative measures in combination with sensible use of antibiotics can sustain or even increase the livestock production and limit the emergence of antibiotic resistance.

What topics will you cover?

  • What antibiotics are and what they are used for
  • What antibiotic resistance is, how it develops and why it is a problem
  • Basics of infectious disease prevention
  • When and how we should use antibiotics prudently and efficiently in livestock production
  • How to combine disease preventative measures and prudent use of antibiotics for livestock to sustain their health and productivity
  • The economic possibilities in applying disease preventative measures

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Explain what antibiotics are and why antibiotic resistance develops on a basic level, and how antibiotic resistance affects animals and humans.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the basics of infectious disease prevention.
  • Identify simple measures that can be implemented on your farm, to reduce the need of antibiotics while sustaining (or increasing) livestock production.
  • Explain when it is appropriate to use antibiotics and how to use them.
  • Summarise how one can combine disease preventative measures and prudent use of antibiotics for productive and healthy animals on your farm.
  • Reflect on what you and (other) livestock producers around the world think about the subject, and what differences and similarities there are.

Who is the course for?

This course is for livestock keepers and professionals working in the livestock production sector (such as veterinarians and advisors) in low-income countries and emerging economies worldwide. The course might also be of interest for agricultural authorities in those countries.

Who will you learn with?

Ulf Magnusson

Ulf Magnusson

I am a Swedish licensed veterinarian and professor at SLU. Most of my time I devote to research and capacity development related to AMR in Africa and Asia and with international organisations.

Sandra Nohrborg

Sandra Nohrborg

I am a Swedish veterinarian working at SLU as a research associate. Previously, I have developed courses and trainings in the areas of One Health and AMR for Swedish and international participants.

Who developed the course?

SLU develops the understanding and sustainable use and management of biological natural resources.

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