Prudent Use of Antimicrobials


3.5 Race-approved, Medical Non-Interactive CE hours

CE Type: Self Study Course

Tuition: - $100

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Instructors: Peter Foley, MSc, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM); Sandra McConkey, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP.

Antimicrobial resistance is an increasing problem in both human and veterinary medicine. Whenever an antimicrobial is used, it inadvertently selects for resistance by killing or inhibiting sensitive bacteria and leaving behind resistant organisms. As a result, medicines become ineffective and infections persist, increasing hospital times, cost and morbidity. Inappropriate antibiotic use can lead to superbugs that are difficult or impossible to treat with our current antibiotic options. This course will discuss the mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance, the use of "best" practices to avoid the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to

  • understand the importance of preventing antimicrobial resistance.
  • describe what resistance (including multi-drug resistance) is, how and why it occurs, and when antimicrobial use is required.
  • explain empirical vs rational choice of antimicrobials.
  • explain how to get the most information out of an MIC (Minimum Inhibitory Concentration) result.
  • identify when and which antimicrobials are appropriate for small animal diseases, including the following scenarios.
  • perioperative antibiotic use
  • urinary tract infections
  • miscellaneous infectious diseases


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  Section 1 - What is Antimicrobial Resistance?
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  Section 2 - What to Choose for Specific Diseases
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  Prudent Use of Antimicrobials Quiz
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