Government regulations are calling for aggressive steps toward improved antibiotic use in the human and animal health sectors. However, there is no best practice in measuring success in these efforts. An important conference called Antibiotics Stewardship: From Metrics to Management will take place November 3-5, 2015 in Atlanta, Ga. Sponsored by the National Institute of Animal Agriculture, the conference is open to all individuals who want to learn from each other, engage in meaningful discussion and create successful strategies to safeguard antibiotic efficacy. It will facilitate a discussion between veterinarians, public health officials, the livestock industry, scientists and other interested parties to develop and set metrics to keep agriculture moving forward successfully.
Dr. Brian Lubbers with the Kansas State Vet Diagnostic Lab, says, "The goal of this year’s conference is to bring people from animal agriculture, public/human health, etc. to talk about the issues of antibiotic resistance and the contribution animal agriculture makes to that,"
All sectors dealing with antibiotics will be represented. The agricultural industry will have speakers representing poultry, swine, beef and the environment. The human health sector will also have representatives discussing In/Out-Patient antimicrobial resistance issues.
New this year is inclusion of the retailer's perspective on building consumer trust. Retailers will share their concerns on antibiotics in relation to food.
Dr. Steve Solomon says, "This basic introduction to what constitutes a good measure, from the standpoint of reliability, accuracy, dependability, reproducibility and other key criteria, will set the stage for breakout sessions on Day 1 and Day 3, when symposium attendees will use that information to discuss what kind of metrics might be appropriate for stewardship in animal agriculture.” Dr. Solomon is symposium moderator, consultant and former Director of the Office of Antimicrobial Resistance at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.