Journal article

Barriers to and enablers of implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs in veterinary practices

Laura Y Hardefeldt, JR Gilkerson, H Billman-Jacobe, MA Stevenson, K Thursky, KE Bailey, GF Browning

JOURNAL OF VETERINARY INTERNAL MEDICINE | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programs are yet to be widely implemented in veterinary practice and medical programs are unlikely to be directly applicable to veterinary settings. OBJECTIVE: To gain an in-depth understanding of the factors that influence effective AMS in veterinary practices in Australia. METHODS: A concurrent explanatory mixed methods design was used. The quantitative phase of the study consisted of an online questionnaire to assess veterinarians' attitudes to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use in animals, and the extent to which AMS currently is implemented (knowingly or unknowingly). The qualitative phase used semi-structured interviews to g..

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