Antimicrobial resistance – how your practice can make a difference
Antimicrobial resistance is a growing threat. It is a true one-health crisis, as human and veterinary healthcare face the same clinical problems, share closely related bacteria and use similar antibiotics. The resistance genes, moreover, are often identical. Inappropriate use of broad-spectrum systemic antibiotics is the single biggest factor selecting for resistance. Responsible use can reduce antibiotic use and the prevalence of resistance without affecting clinical outcomes. However, this requires that veterinarians and animal owners act together. We will look at some of the drivers behind antibiotic use and discuss how to address these. Common reasons for systemic antimicrobial use in dogs and cats include dermatitis, respiratory disease, urinary tract infections, and gastrointestinal problems. Most infections involve a dysbiosis of the resident microbiome rather than a primary infection. Failure to manage this appropriately drives repeated antibiotic use and selection for resistance. We’ll discuss how to reduce antibiotic use without compromising clinical outcomes using canine pyoderma as an example.
This webinar is sponsored by ASAP Laboratory.
Recording from 12.09.2018
Dr. Tim Nuttall BSc BVSc CertVD PhD CBiol MSB MRCVS
Dr Tim Nuttall is an RCVS Specialist in Veterinary Dermatology. He did his residency and PhD at the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. He then spent 12 years at the University of Liverpool before returning to the Dick Vet as Head of Dermatology in August 2013. Tim runs a busy referral dermatology clinic, with particular interests in atopic dermatitis and antimicrobial resistance.
Tim has written over 100 clinical and scientific publications, and has presented over 150 lectures throughout the world. In addition, Tim has served on RCVS, BSAVA, ESVD, WCVD and DEFRA scientific committees, the International Committee on Atopic Diseases in Animals, and is a scientific advisor to the Bella Moss Foundation and the journal Veterinary Dermatology. In 2014 he received the BSAVA Woodrow Award for outstanding contributions to veterinary medicine.
In his spare time Tim enjoys Munro-bagging (all 284 should be climbed by September!), cycling and single malt whisky.