World Antibiotics Awareness Week

14 - 20 November 2016

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Let's help increase awareness and understanding of global antibiotic resistance and "to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, policy-makers and the agriculture sector to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance".

WHO World Antibiotic Awareness Campaign

Antibiotics: Handle with care


 How veterinarians can help

    • Only prescribe & dispense antibiotics for animals under your care & when truly needed
    • Conduct antimicrobial sensitivity testing before prescribing or administering an antibiotic
    • Educate animal owners on the risks of over-using & misusing antibiotics
    • Promote sound animal husbandry hygiene & welfare methods, vaccination strategies, & periodically review farm records to ensure prescription compliance
    • Keep your knowledge on antibiotic use recommendations up to date
                       (extracted from 2016 Campaign Toolkit)

Guidelines and statements

The OIE strategy on antimicrobial resistance and the responsible and prudent use of antimicrobial agents for animals

[free online access]

  • OIE intergovernmental standards

Aquatic Code (chapters 6.1, 6.2, 6.4 and 6.5)

Terrestrial Animal Health Code (Chapters 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9 and 6.10)

Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals (Chapter 3.1)

  • Resolutions adopted by the World Assembly of Delegates in 2015 and 2015

Resolution No. 26. Combating antimicrobial resistance and promoting the prudent use of antimicrobial agents in animals, May 2015 [PDF 40 Kb]

Resolution No. 36. Combating antimicrobial resistance through a One Health Approach: Actions and OIE Strategy, May 2016 [PDF 61 Kb]

Global action plans

More references



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