The ‘Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Practice’ online course is an initiative of the Veterinary Schools of Australia and New Zealand (VSANZ), a collective of the Deans and Heads of the eight Australasian veterinary schools (www.vsanz.org). VSANZ identified an opportunity to remind veterinarians of the importance of minimising the development of antimicrobial resistance through sound antimicrobial stewardship.
This initiative was supported by Animal Biosecurity and Response Reform, which supports capacity building, intelligence gathering, analysis and dissemination of information to improve Australia's capacity and capability to respond to biosecurity threats in a systematic, effective and timely manner. The program enhances Australia’s capacity to detect emerging diseases and assists the department in implementing national strategies and reforms.
VSANZ commissioned the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science to lead a collaboration between experts from all of the veterinary schools to develop the modules. The collaboration of academics across the veterinary schools was supported tremendously by Dr Stephen Page who reviewed the modules.