Antibiotics are a cornerstone of modern medicine. Their importance to human and animal health cannot be understated, which is why antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is such an important global threat.
Antibiotics are currently the only way to treat a bacterial disease. There is currently no alternative. However, we can exploit the full spectrum of animal health tools to reduce the need for antibiotics and minimize the risk of resistance development.
By better protecting animals from the threat of disease, identifying health issues earlier and treating them quickly and responsibly, we can decrease disease levels and with it, the need for antibiotics.
This requires maximizing the long-term health benefits of tools such as vaccination, nutrition, antiparasitics, biosecurity, surveillance, diagnostics, husbandry and other animal health technologies.
Our industry has worked on this challenge for many years, and in 2019, we launched our Roadmap to Reducing the Need for Antibiotics. It offers a vision tackling AMR and outlines measurable steps we commit to undertake in the coming years.
We are committed to addressing this challenge to preserve antibiotics for future generations.