Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET) Report

Prevent Superbugs

The Veterinary Emerging Topics Report is a collaboration between Banfield Pet Hospital and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) that draws from Banfield’s size, scale, and data capabilities and NAVC’s commitment to providing world-class continuing professional development to provide insights to our profession on topics that improve veterinary care for pets.

The focus of the 2017 VET Report is a critical and growing threat to public health and the veterinary profession: antimicrobial resistance (AMR). As a worldwide problem, we believe that AMR awareness must become a priority for companion animal practitioners and tackled in an ongoing and proactive manner. Through this first edition of the VET Report, our goal is to push the conversation forward, instigating a discussion among companion animal practitioners on how we can achieve better alignment with published guidelines and be part of the solution to this growing problem.

Download the full 2017 VET Report

Don’t have time to read the full report? Download a one-page summary of key findings, along with a job aid to help your veterinary team improve concordance with established guidelines.

We hope the 2017 VET Report inspires and motivates you to learn more about antimicrobial resistance and steps you can take to be part of the solution—by leading in the movement to reduce pressure for antimicrobial resistance selection, veterinarians can help maintain access and efficacy of the most important antimicrobial agents for both animal and human health.

Antimicrobial Stewardship Resources References

  1. AVMA Antimicrobial Use in Companion Animal Practice (includes Antimicrobial Dos and Don’ts lists for dogs and cats, Client Education Posters and links to other resources): Read the report, opens in a new tab.
  2. Antimicrobial Resistance Learning Site:, opens in a new tab
  3. ISCAID (International Society of Companion Animal Infectious Diseases) Antimicrobial Use Guidelines:
    1. Weese JS, Blondeau JM, Boothe D, et al. Antimicrobial Use Guidelines for Treatment of Urinary Tract Disease in Dogs and Cats: Antimicrobial Guidelines Working Group of the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases. Vet Med Int. 2011;2011:263768. Read the report, opens in a new tab
    2. Hillier A, Lloyd DH, Weese JS, et al. Guidelines for the diagnosis and antimicrobial therapy of canine superficial bacterial folliculitis (Antimicrobial Guidelines Working Group of the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases). Vet Dermatol. 2014 Jun;25(3):163-75, e42-3. Read the report, opens in a new tab.
  4. AAFP/AAHA (American Association of Feline Practitioners/American Animal Hospital Association) Basic Guidelines of Judicious Use of Antimicrobials. Read the report, opens in a new tab.
  5. ACVIM  (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine)
    1. Weese JS, Giguère S, Guardabassi L, Morley PS, Papich M, Ricciuto DR, Sykes JE. ACVIM consensus statement on therapeutic antimicrobial use in animals and antimicrobial resistance. J Vet Intern Med. 2015 Mar-Apr;29(2):487-98. Read the report, opens in a new tab
  6. Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Guidelines for Veterinary Antimicrobial Use., opens in a new tab.
  7. NASPHV (National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians)
    1. Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions for Zoonotic Disease Prevention in Veterinary Personnel., opens in a new tab.
    2. Model Infection Control Plan for Veterinary Practices., opens in a new tab
  8. FECAVA (Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations), opens in a new tab
  9. BSAVA (British Small Animal Veterinary Association) Learn More, opens in a new tab.
  10. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Get Smart for Healthcare, opens in a new tab.