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Antimicrobial use and resistance in New Zealand: an extended virtual issue

New Zealand Veterinary Journal

A special issue of the New Zealand Veterinary Journal was published early in 2017 (volume 65 issue 2) focusing on antimicrobial use and resistance. This topic is of importance to both veterinary and medical practitioners, and the published articles examine the current use of antimicrobials in animals in New Zealand and the level of resistance to antimicrobials in bacteria considered to be important in terms of animal and human health. The issue is introduced by two guest editorials, contrasting the situation in New Zealand with that in other countries, and advocating a One Health approach to antimicrobial resistance.

In this virtual issue readers can also view articles previously published in the Journal related to this subject. Resistance to antibiotics, and its relevance to veterinary practice, has been reported in articles from some of the earliest volumes of the Journal, published in the 1950s and 1960s. The appropriate use of antimicrobial drugs by veterinarians was also discussed; and many of the messages regarding prudent use are mirrored in the more recent papers.

The articles in this virtual issue provide some important insights for veterinary practitioners, as well as policy makers, within and outside New Zealand. Where indicated, articles are currently free to download and can be accessed by clicking on the links below.

Article Title Author Volume/ Issue
Antibiotics: Their application in veterinary practice P.B. English Volume 4 Issue 3 (1956)
Multiple drug resistance W.A. Royal B.V.Sc. DIP.BACT. M.R.C.V.S. , R.A. Robinson B.V.Sc. DIP.MICROBIOL , R. Hunter A.I.M.L.T. & H. MacDiarmid A.N.Z.I.M.L.T. Volume 16 Issue 1-2 (1968)
Transferable antibiotic resistance W.A. Royal B.V.Sc. Dip.Bact M.R.C.V.S. & R.A. Robinson B.V.Sc Dip.Microbiol. Volume 17 Issue 6 (1969)
A descriptive analysis of the antimicrobial susceptibility of mastitis-causing bacteria isolated from samples submitted to commercial diagnostic laboratories in New Zealand (2003–2006) KR Petrovski , RA Laven & N Lopez-Villalobos Volume 59 Issue 2 (2011)
Descriptive epidemiological study of the use of antimicrobial drugs by companion animal veterinarians in New Zealand EJ Pleydell , K Souphavanh † , KE Hill , NP French & DJ Prattley Volume 60 Issue 2 (2012)
Antimicrobial resistance in Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus uberis and Streptococcus dysgalactiae from dairy cows with mastitis S McDougall, H Hussein & K Petrovski Volume 62 Issue 2 (2014)
Antimicrobial susceptibility of bacteria isolated from neonatal foal samples submitted to a New Zealand veterinary pathology laboratory (2004 to 2013) LJ Toombs-Ruane, CB Riley, AT Kendall, KE Hill, J Benschop & SM Rosanowski Volume 64 Issue 2 (2016)
First report of a mecA-positive multidrug-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius isolated from a dog in New Zealand AG Bell, GW Coombs, B Cater & C Douglass Volume 64 Issue 4 (2016)
Antimicrobial resistance: a global threat with remarkable geographical differences Luca Guardabassi Volume 65 Issue 2 (2017)
A One Health future to meet the AMR challenge? Patricia Priest, Leah Toombs-Ruane, Jackie Benschop, Sara Burgess, Nigel French & David Murdoch Volume 65 Issue 2 (2017)
Multidrug resistant Enterobacteriaceae in New Zealand: a current perspective LJ Toombs-Ruane, J Benschop, S Burgess, P Priest, DR Murdoch & NP French Volume 65 Issue 2 (2017)
Use of antimicrobials for animals in New Zealand, and in comparison with other countries JE Hillerton, CR Irvine, MA Bryan, D Scott & SC Merchant Volume 65 Issue 2 (2017)
Characterisation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus clinical isolates from animals in New Zealand, 2012–2013, and subclinical colonisation in dogs and cats in Auckland A Karkaba, J Benschop, KE Hill & A Grinberg Volume 65 Issue 2 (2017)
Factors influencing antimicrobial prescribing by veterinarians and usage by dairy farmers in New Zealand S McDougall, CWR Compton & N Botha Volume 65 Issue 2 (2017)
A survey of antimicrobial use in dairy cows from farms in four regions of New Zealand M Bryan & SY Hea Volume 65 Issue 2 (2017)
Antimicrobial resistance patterns of bacteria isolated from canine urinary samples submitted to a New Zealand veterinary diagnostic laboratory between 2005–2012 CH McMeekin, KE Hill, IR Gibson, JP Bridges & J Benschop Volume 65 Issue 2 (2017)
Characterisation of extended-spectrum β-lactamase and AmpC β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae isolated from companion animals in New Zealand A Karkaba, A Grinberg, J Benschop & E Pleydell Volume 65 Issue 2 (2017)
NZVJ Volume 65 Issue 2

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Find the latest research on this topic in the March 2017 issue of the New Zealand Veterinary Journal.

Volume 65, Issue 2 (2017)

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New Zealand Veterinary Journal

The New Zealand Veterinary Journal (NZVJ) is an international journal publishing high quality peer-reviewed articles covering all aspects of veterinary science, including clinical practice, animal welfare and animal health. It is the flagship publication of the New Zealand Veterinary Association.

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