UC BERKELEY AUTHORS: Zachary Butzin-Dozier, Jay Graham
DATE OF PUBLICATION: December 2020
REGION: South America
SUMMARY/ABSTRACT: Small-scale food animal production has been celebrated as a means of economic mobility and improved food security but the use of veterinary antibiotics among these producers may be contributing to the spread of antibiotic resistance in animals and humans. In order to improve antibiotic stewardship in this sector, it is critical to identify the drivers of producers’ antibiotic use. The cumulative evidence provided by this study indicates that veterinary sales agents play an active role in promoting indiscriminate and inappropriate use of antibiotics in small-scale food animal production.