- The veterinary, medical, agricultural, environmental, and regulatory communities must work co-operatively to minimize the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
- To mitigate the potential risk of AMR to public health, veterinarians should strive for effective antimicrobial stewardship by optimizing antimicrobial use (AMU) to minimize antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
- Veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use and distribution is a cornerstone for supporting responsible use in animals.
- Effective oversight necessitates that a veterinary prescription be in place to authorize the use of medically important antimicrobials (MIA) in animals.
- Veterinary antimicrobials approved by Health Canada for the treatment of diagnosed conditions should be used in accordance with label directions whenever possible. Extra-label use should be considered only when supported by proper documentation and supporting evidence, sound reasoning and in accordance with a documented decision cascade.
- The CVMA has produced and promotes general and specific guidelines for the prudent use of antimicrobials by the veterinary profession as well as resources to support informed decision making including the use of alternatives to antimicrobials.