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22. Epilog

Veterinary Oath:  Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health and the advancement of medical knowledge. I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence. -Veterinary Oath

Upon graduation, all veterinarians recite the veterinary oath to show their commitment to the betterment of their profession. Antimicrobial resistance is an emerging issue that is testing veterinarians' resolve and threatening to change many long held practices and treatment options. Veterinarians must take the concepts of the Veterinary Oath very seriously and make every effort to use antimicrobials prudently and appropriately for the future benefit of both animals and human society.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO) have created prudent use guidelines that recommend using narrow spectrum drugs when possible, prescribing treatment to sick or at-risk animals instead of whole groups of animals, and using critical drugs important to human health only after careful consideration. Veterinarians should use these guidelines when making decisions on any antimicrobial usage. Valid veterinary-client-patient relationships (VCPRs) are vital to ensure that once a sound decision regarding antimicrobials is made, it is implemented appropriately and reviewed in a consistent manner.

Antimicrobial resistance is a global multidisciplinary issue. By working together with our colleagues in human medicine, the veterinary profession will hopefully play an important role to help alleviate this global health problem.

 

 

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