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One Health Day and World Antibiotic Awareness Week Highlight the Importance of a One Health Approach to Address Antimicrobial Resistance

November 20, 2020

One Health Day: November 3, 2020One Health Day

World Antibiotic Awareness Week: November 18 to 24, 2020

One Health Day answers the urgent need for a One Health trans-disciplinary approach towards solving today’s critical global health challenges. It is a timely initiative that gives scientists and advocates a powerful voice for moving beyond current methods for emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, climate change, and environmental pollution to a universal approach

World Antibiotic Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance and encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy-makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) strongly supports veterinarian involvement in One Health as veterinarians play a vital role in improving the health and welfare of the animals they treat in a manner that also protects and supports human health and a healthy environment.

The One Health approach is particularly relevant to the development of collaborative strategies for responsible antimicrobial use that supports the control of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

“The CVMA has recognized antimicrobial resistance as a growing global threat and has advocated for the responsible use of antimicrobials for more than two decades,” says Dr. Enid Stiles, CVMA president. “We have put those concerns into action and have directed tangible initiatives aimed at reducing AMR over the last five years.”

The CVMA is spearheading a new multi-stakeholder antimicrobial stewardship initiative. SAVI, the Stewardship of Antimicrobials by Veterinarians Initiative, is conceived, driven, and managed by Canadian veterinarians. It aims to provide veterinary professionals with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions on antimicrobial use in a wide range of species.

Veterinarians will have access to expanded CVMA Guidelines for Veterinary Antimicrobial Use for eight species groups. Supporting resources will include research reports, infographics, and input from subject matter experts.

Current guidelines can be accessed on the CVMA website at More information about the CVMA’s work on veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use in animals in Canada can be found on the Policy & Advocacy section of the website.

One Health Day is an international campaign co-coordinated by the One Health Commission, the One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team and the One Health Platform Foundation. The goal of One Health Day is to bring attention around the world to the need for One Health interactions and for the world to “see them in action.” Visit the One Health Commission’s website ( for more information.

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