The role of healthcare professionals in responsible antibiotic use in farming

Healthcare professionals have untapped potential in advocating the appropriate use of antibiotics in animal agriculture - which can have a significant impact on public health. Learn more in our new video series and communications toolkit.

Antibiotic resistance is a growing concern worldwide. The overuse and misuse of antibiotics in both human and animal health are major contributors to the problem. While healthcare professionals are well aware of the importance of responsible antibiotic use in human medicine, they are typically not engaged with issues surrounding antibiotic misuse in food production. 

As trusted members of our society, health professionals can raise awareness about the risks associated with the overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture, and promote the adoption of best practices for animal welfare and antibiotic stewardship. By doing so, healthcare professionals can help to protect public health and preserve the effectiveness of antibiotics for future generations.

Why are antibiotics such an important tool for human health?

Dr Annette Hennigs, Infectious Diseases Specialist - University Medical Center, Hamburg Eppendorf (DE).


The links between food production and human health

Dr Anna-Rose Prior, Consultant Clinical Microbiologist - Tallaght Hospital (IE). 


Breaking the silos to address AMR 

Prof. Dr. Edda Weimann, Paediatrician & Professor of Child Health and Planetary Health - Technical University of Munich (DE).

The healthcare perspective on antibiotics in food

HCWH Europe has developeCommunications toolkit | How healthcare professionals can advocate the responsible use of antibiotics in food productiond a communications toolkit to support healthcare professionals who want to advocate the responsible use of antibiotics in food production.

We have also produced a slide deck containing five quotes from healthcare professionals about the importance of reducing antibiotics in food production. Use these materials in your awareness-raising and advocacy activities.