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Welcome to the Use of Antibiotics in Animals Module. One of the primary roles of many accredited veterinarians is to identify, treat, control, and prevent disease in animals. Many of these diseases are a result of a bacterium and require antibiotic administration as a means of treatment to relieve animal suffering and reduce pathogen load in animals destined for human consumption. Deciding which antibiotic to use can be complicated in some cases. Veterinarians utilize their problem solving skills, clinical training, and information gained through continuing education to arrive at the best possible option to treat their patients. Increasing awareness of the diagnostic tools, regulatory issues, and antibiotic resistance debate led to the development of this educational module.

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate various parameters when selecting antibiotics for use in animals.
  • Describe the benefits and limitations of various antibiotic susceptibility testing options.
  • Locate and interpret antibiotic labels for the purposes of informed therapeutic decision-making.
  • List the agencies involved in regulating antibiotics and monitoring antibiotic resistance and residues.
  • Apply the key components of the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act (AMDUCA) to making decisions about antibiotics.
  • Locate information to assist in making decisions on antibiotic use in animals.

Completion of this module is estimated to take 60 minutes but will vary depending on your familiarity with the material.