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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Nordic Vets against AMR-An Initiative to Share and Promote Good Practices in the Nordic-Baltic Region

Sternberg-Lewerin, Susanna; Boqvist, Sofia; Norstebo, Simen Foyn; Gronthal, Thomas; Heikinheimo, Annamari; Johansson, Venla; Heljanko, Viivi; Kurittu, Paula; Fall, Nils; Magnusson, Ulf; Bjelland, Ane Mohn; Sorum, Henning; Wasteson, Yngvild;

Abstract

In the Nordic countries, antimicrobial use in animals and the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance are among the lowest in Europe. The network "Nordic Vets Against AMR" organized a meeting in 2021, with key actors including representatives from universities, veterinary authorities and veterinary organizations in Finland, Norway and Sweden. This paper reflects the most important discussions on education, research, policy and future perspectives, including the experiences of these countries. It concludes that Nordic veterinarians are well placed to lead the way in the fight against antimicrobial resistance and that the sharing of experiences can support colleagues in other countries. Veterinary education must go hand in hand with research activities and continuously updated guidelines and legislation. There is also a need for postgraduate training on antimicrobial resistance and prudent antimicrobial use. The veterinary profession must, by any means necessary, protect the efficiency of antimicrobials for the sake of animal health, animal welfare and productivity, as well as public health. While restrictive use of antimicrobials is crucial, the ability of veterinarians to use this medical tool is also important for the sake of animal welfare and global food security.

Keywords

antimicrobial resistance; veterinary; education

Published in

Antibiotics

2022, volume: 11, number: 8, article number: 1050
Publisher: MDPI

Authors' information

Norstebo, Simen Foyn
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Gronthal, Thomas
Finnish Food Authority
Heikinheimo, Annamari
University of Helsinki
Heikinheimo, Annamari
Finnish Food Authority
Johansson, Venla
University of Helsinki
Heljanko, Viivi
University of Helsinki
Kurittu, Paula
University of Helsinki
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Clinical Sciences
Bjelland, Ane Mohn
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Sorum, Henning
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Wasteson, Yngvild
Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG3 Good health and wellbeing
SDG4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

UKÄ Subject classification

Pathobiology

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics11081050

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/118942