Antimicrobial Resistance: Tackling the global challenge

The BSAS is looking forward to hosting the session on Antimicrobial Resistance at this year’s Annual Conference. Taking place from 10:30am-12pm on Wednesday 10th April, the session will examine the fascinating subject of antimicrobial resistance from the perspective of both human and animal health. 
Dr Mary Vickers, Product Manager for the Livestock Information Programme at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), will chair the session. We spoke to Dr Vickers to find out more about the pressing issue of antimicrobial resistance and what the session will offer attendees. 
Could you tell us a bit about your own background who you work for and what you do?
“I work for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. Until recently I was a Senior Livestock Scientist but have recently moved to a new role. I am now a Product Manager for the Livestock Information Programme. My role is focused on developing opportunities to gain wider industry benefit from a new national multispecies traceability database.”

What will the Antimicrobial Resistance session focus on and what does it hope to address?
“This session will explore the issue of antimicrobial resistance from both a livestock and human perspective. A number of papers discuss the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance and factors affecting it.”
Who will be speaking at the session and what will they discuss?
“The session includes a range of speakers including Philip Howard from the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust who will talk about his work monitoring the prescribing of antibiotics and AMR.
Philip has been active in the field of Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) for many years. He has been involved in the development of national AMS guidance for primary care and hospitals, the National Antimicrobial Prescribing and Stewardship Competences.
“In the livestock arena, there are number of speakers such as Partha Ray and Caroline Rymer from the University of Reading, and Trevor Alexander from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, who will be talking about antimicrobial resistance in cattle.”
Who should attend this session?
“Anyone who wants to understand more about the issue of antibiotic resistance and how it is being tackled in human medicine and in livestock agriculture.”
How can ideas talked about in the session be utilised in the agriculture and animal science sectors?
“Resistance to antimicrobials is one of the biggest challenges worldwide for animal and human health and this session will help inform discussion in this area and promote the shared responsibility that everyone has to tackle the issue.”

To register for tickets and to find out more about the programme of speakers planned for the BSAS 2019 Conference, click here.