Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian: Antimicrobial Resistance - AMR

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Antimicrobial Resistance - AMR

Antimicrobial (antibiotic) resistance, or AMR, is an important issue that has complex and widespread consequences for both human and animal health.

Antibiotics must be used wisely so they continue to be effective for people and animals.

How does this affect agriculture?

The Government of Canada is moving forward with a number of actions and changes to address AMR, and some of these will affect the agriculture industry. For example:
Livestock producers should continue working with their veterinarians, and building that relationship to prepare for the changes.

Alberta’s livestock industry organizations are working closely with the Alberta government in talking to farmers and ranchers about these changes. Many in the industry are already taking steps to address AMR.

What is Alberta doing?

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) is working together with Alberta Health, the agriculture industry, veterinarians, and other animal and human health partners as we move forward.

AF is looking at how these federal changes will be implemented in Alberta.

AF is also working with Alberta Health on a provincial strategy to address antimicrobial resistance. The strategy will focus on
  • stewardship
  • surveillance
  • research and innovation
  • infection prevention and control

AF worked closely with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) as they hosted a One Health Antimicrobial Workshop in November 2016. The workshop brought a wide range of animal, human, and environmental health partners together to share knowledge in working toward collaborative solutions.

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This information published to the web on January 15, 2018.
Last Reviewed/Revised on February 23, 2018.