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Conference: Stewardship of Antibiotics in Poultry


August 5, 2011
By Kristy Nudds


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August 5, 2011 – A one-day session focusing on the stewardship of antibiotics in poultry in Canada will be held on November 1st in Toronto, Ont.  It is part of a larger 3-day national conference on Antimicrobial Stewardship in Canadian Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Conference: How is Canada doing and what still needs to be done?

August 5, 2011 – A one-day session focusing on the stewardship of antibiotics in poultry in Canada
will be held on November 1st in Toronto, Ont.  It is part of a larger
3-day national conference Antimicrobial Stewardship in Canadian
Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Conference: How is Canada doing and
what still needs to be done?

In this session, some of the most current research in antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship will be presented by leading experts in the field in North America. 

Data on the levels of antimicrobial resistance in retail poultry meat and at the abattoir level in Canada will be presented by Dr. Agnes Agunos from the CIPARS group of the Public Health Agency of Canada and in the United States by Dr. Paula Cray from National Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Monitoring System (NARMS) of the United States.  Dr. Patrick Boerlin, University of Guelph, will then discuss the molecular epidemiology of resistance in poultry-derived bacteria obtained through the CIPARS surveillance system.

In the afternoon, Dr Scott McEwen, University of Guelph, will discuss Salmonella as drivers of resistance in poultry. This will be followed by Dr. Leigh Rosengren of Rosengren Epidemiology Consulting, Saskatoon discussing antibiotic use decision making on the farm and the use-resistance challenges. Finally, Dr. Stewart Ritchie of  Canadian Poultry Consultants, Abbotsford, B.C. will describe examples of successful antimicrobial stewardship poultry production.     

The day will conclude with a group discussion facilitated by Tim Nelson of the Poultry Industry Council on impediments to reducing antibiotic use and effective next steps for improving antibiotic stewardship in poultry, as well as how to communicate the message of antibiotic stewardship in poultry.

Everyone using antibiotics in poultry will find this an informative, understandable, dynamic and interactive national conference.

The Antimicrobial Stewardship conference is designed for farmers and veterinarians, the animal health industry, the medical community, policy makers and regulators, agricultural extension staff, researchers, educators, consultants and others with an interest in the sustainability of antimicrobial drugs.
       
The conference will be at the Toronto Marriott Airport Hotel, October 30th – Nov 2nd, 2011. One-day registration for the poultry session (Nov. 1) is available.  For more information and to register please visit:  www.antimicrobialcanada.com or contact the 
Conference secretariat (519) 263 5050; Bobbi Hoffman, The Bayley Group.