“Animal agriculture, veterinarian medicine, human medicine… we are all seeing that our new antibiotic pipeline is going to be much, much more limited,” says Kansas State University veterinarian Mike Apley. Apley was interviewed for SwineCast this week on his involvement with the upcoming NIAA Antibiotic Symposium. 

Apley says the Symposium’s purpose of working to build a bridge between animal health and human health is important for both mutual fact-checking and to build relationships. “We are all in this together,” he says. “We can learn a lot from how each is approaching this. We can’t let this break down into Us vs. Them, with lines drawn. We have to make sure we are talking about things together.”

The Symposium’s theme this year is Antibiotics Stewardship: From Metrics to Management. Apley admits that coming up with a definitive yardstick to measure risk benefits that all parties can agree on will be very difficult. However, the opportunity to have the conversation, face to face, in the same room is what he finds exciting about NIAA’s Symposium.

“If we just exchange information through social media or press releases, we’re never going to move this anywhere,” says Apley. He looks forward to having discussions with people who are dealing with patients, whether those patients are human, food animals or pets, about what they are seeing and hearing. “That’s how we are going to find common ground to work together,” says Apley.

Antibiotics Stewardship: From Metrics to Management will be held November 3-5 in Atlanta, GA at the Crown Plaza Atlanta Midtown. For more information or to register online go to www.AnimalAgriculture.org/2015-Antibiotics-Symposium or contact the NIAA by calling 719-538-8843 or emailingniaa@animalagriculture.org.

To listen to the full interview, click here.