Antibiotic use in animals

21 Jul 2023

The responsible use of antibiotics in both veterinary and human medicine is essential to protect both animal and human health and ensure that animal-derived products are safe for human consumption and use.

Antibiotics should never be routinely used in place of good animal care practices. However, it is vital that antibiotics remain available for a veterinarian to use when an animal is sick, or likely to become sick, from a bacterial infection.

Using the right antibiotic at the right dose, at the right time and for the right duration will treat an infection most effectively and efficiently, reducing the development of resistance and protecting the effectiveness of antibiotics in the future.

This FAQ developed by Animal Medicines Australia aims to assist veterinarians in discussions with clients and interest groups regarding responsible use of antibiotics in animals