Strains of bacteria with the ability to inactivate modern antibiotics have been discovered in silt deposits dating back 30,000 years. So the phenomenon of multidrug-resistant bacteria, which is creating such concern for public health officials across the world, is neither new, nor is its origin necessarily a product of human activity.

It does remain, however, a serious threat to global public and animal health, requiring concerted action from policymakers, scientists, industry, vets, farmers, medical doctors, as well as the general public.

The animal health industry has been active in promoting the responsible use of its products alongside good farm management and responsible pet care for many years. Read more

Antibiotics play a vital role in animal health and welfare so it is important to achieve the appropriate balance between protection of public health and the environment and the need to treat sick animals.

See also our guide on 'Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in veterinary science'

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