Antimicrobial Use and Resistance

Antimicrobial Use and Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem that arises from the use of antimicrobials (or antibiotics) in both humans and animals, and all individuals interacting with animals have a stewardship responsibility.  Animal uses of medically important antimicrobials require a veterinary prescription to ensure responsible use. To further reduce the need for antimicrobials in animal agriculture, many industry bodies   have developed strategies and programs to promote best practice adoption through the use of alternative measures such as biosecurity protocols, vaccination programs, and veterinary health products.  

 The Antimicrobial Use and Resistance (AMU/AMR) Committee meets regularly to review information and updates in legislation and science as they pertain to Canadian animal populations.

AHC (formerlythe National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council) has a number of reports on the topic of Antimicrobial Use and Resistance, including:

Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Use Initiatives in Humans and Animals in Canada - 2012

Notice! Our organization has changed names to Animal Health Canada as of January 10, 2022. You might notice some historical documents developed prior to Jan 10, 2022 (newsletters, legacy documents etc.) still reference our prior name, the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council.