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Leading the way toward safe, effective antibiotic use

BE THE MODEL STRATEGIC PLAN: Referral Veterinary Medical Center of Choice

With antibiotic resistance on the rise and the enormous implications for animal and human health, the College of Veterinary Medicine has initiated a comprehensive antimicrobial stewardship program that is revolutionizing the way antibiotics are used at the Veterinary Medical Center and beyond.

The program seeks to educate students in the appropriate and best use of antibiotics, to ensure Veterinary Medical Center patients receive appropriate care with respect to antibiotics and to benefit society in general by reducing antibiotic resistance. A team from the college partnered with experts throughout the university, including Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and College of Public
Health, to determine how to reach these goals.

The results? A three-fold program resulting in the creation of antibiotic use guidelines for the college’s hospitals, monitoring of antibiotic prescribing practices, and both active and passive surveillance of targeted resistant bacteria that could cause problems in the hospitals. The antibiotic use guidelines, which remain a living document, are available online—easily accessible for students and clinicians to view on their phones or computers. 

The hope is that as the college increasingly graduates veterinarians who have been exposed to the guidelines during their clinical experiences, they will “take them along for the benefit of the practices they go to,” says Emily Feyes, DVM, a third-year veterinary public health resident and member of the college’s antimicrobial stewardship working group. “They can help to incorporate these best practices with veterinarians who have been practicing for years.”

As the college seeks to be a national model through its new strategic plan, the antimicrobial stewardship program is one example of Ohio State’s leadership. Says Thomas Wittum, PhD, Chair of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, “This is a new movement in veterinary medicine and we want to provide a model for veterinary practices and other institutions for how to incorporate antibiotic stewardship in veterinary medicine.”

To view the college’s antibiotic guidelines, go to:

The College of Veterinary Medicine's Be the Model Strategic Plan outlines the college's ambition to Be the Model comprehensive college of veterinary medicine in the world. Creating, teaching and implementing innovative antimicrobial stewardship programs is just one example of the college's goal to be the referral veterinary medical center of choice. Learn more about the strategic plan and other advances at the college. 

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Monday, January 14, 2019 - 10:13am