Dairy antimicrobial stewardship

Antimicrobial resistance threatens the efficacy of drugs that ensure animal health and welfare as well as poses a threat to human health. Antimicrobial stewardship is a set of practices that aim to slow the rate at which bacteria develop resistance to antimicrobial drugs.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture in collaboration with Washington State University and the University of California, Davis, hosted FREE webinars to bring veterinarians and dairy producers “together” to learn about the threat of antimicrobial resistance and provide insights for practical antimicrobial stewardship plans for their farms. Recordings of those webinars are posted below.

Recorded Webinar Series:

  • Session I: July 8, 2020
    • Introduction to symposia by Dr. Marissa Silva
    • Antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic use on the farm by Dr. Bill Sischo
    • Antimicrobial stewardship and barriers or motivators for implementation by Dr. Dale Moore
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  • Session II: July 15, 2020
    • Planning for Success: On-Farm Stewardship Checklist Exercise by Dr. Marissa Silva
    • Using “Good Health Records” to ask the cows if antibiotic treatments are working by Dr. John Wenz
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  • Session III: July 22, 2020
    • Necropsies facilitate more appropriate or targeted antibiotic use by Dr. Craig McConnel
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  • Session IV: July 29, 2020
    • Antimicrobial susceptibility testing and antibiograms by Dr. Claire Burbick
    • A selective dry-cow therapy decision tree to aid the dairy industry in reducing antibiotic use at dry-off by Dr. Emmanuel Okello
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Funding for this conference was made possible, in part, by the Food and Drug Administration through grant 1 R13 FD006696-01.