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Use of antimicrobial agents in livestock

Author(s) : S.W. Page & P. Gautier

Summary :

Antimicrobial agents, especially antibacterial agents, are used throughout the world, across a diverse array of extensive and intensive livestock production systems, to protect the health and welfare of livestock and to improve their performance. While some agents that are used in livestock belong to classes that have no counterpart in human medicine, this is not the case for the most widely used agents: the tetracyclines, penicillins, macrolides and sulphonamides. Many bacterial diseases of livestock cause devastating losses of animal life and productivity. As a result, their keepers can lose their livelihoods and see a dramatic reduction in income, so there is often a great sense of urgency to treat affected animals early. However, there are a large number of bacterial pathogens that cause disease and it is frequently difficult to reach a conclusive diagnosis prior to instituting treatment.
Antibacterial – Antimicrobial agent – Counterfeit – Critically important antimicrobials – Livestock – Pharmacokinetic–pharmacodynamic – Physiologically based pharmacokinetic – Point-of-care diagnostics – Population pharmacokinetics – Route of administration – Veterinary Services.

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