The American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) has endorsed the American Veterinary Medical Assn.’s (AVMA) "Definition of Antimicrobial Stewardship" and accompanying policy document "Core Principles of Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Medicine."
The adoption is a first step in the fulfillment of AVMA’s commitment to provide resources and tools for veterinarians that support conscientious decision-making in the use of antimicrobials, according to AAAP president Dr. John Smith.
“As you know, a strong policy of judicious use is the best way to ensure veterinarians’ continued access to medications that are important to protecting the good health and well-being of our animal patients,” Smith said when announcing the AAAP endorsement. “We invite all poultry veterinarians and animal health professionals to support this effort.”
Clear, concise description
Smith noted that while the phrase “antimicrobial stewardship” is commonly used in any discussion about antibiotics, the industry has lacked a clear, concise and broadly accepted description of what it actually means.
“In our view, a shared understanding of stewardship — supported by core principles to achieve it — is a prerequisite for adopting best practices that preserve the effectiveness of antimicrobials for animals and for people,” he said.
The antibiotic stewardship policy was subsequently reviewed and approved by the AVMA House of Delegates, which includes representation from all 50 states, the nation’s territories and AVMA’s allied veterinary associations.
“AVMA and AAAP members can be assured that their interests were represented as the policy was developed,” Smith noted. “Furthermore, AAAP’s members and stakeholders can be confident that its content represents the consensus of the veterinary profession.”
AAAP is an international association whose mission is to promote scientific knowledge to enhance the health, well-being and productivity of poultry to provide safe and abundant food for the world.