Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Medicine, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

11 - 12 September 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden

  • ESCMID Study Group for Veterinary Microbiology (ESGVM)
  • ESCMID Study Group for Antimicrobial Policies (ESGAP)
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Ross University School of Veterinary School
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Lisbon
  • University of Gothenburg
  • UC-Care – University of Copenhagen Center for Control of Antibotic Resistance
  • CARe – Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research at University of Gothenburg


Course Coordinators
  • Christina Åhrén, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Luca Guardabassi, Basseterre, St. Kitts
  • Constança Pomba, Lisbon, Portugal

  • bioMérieux
Course Objectives

The overall goal is to promote antimicrobial stewardship and educate a new generation of infectious disease specialists who are able to develop and implement antimicrobial stewardship and infection control programmes in veterinary clinics. The course will offer a practical approach to rational antimicrobial use, implementation of antimicrobial stewardship and infection control programmes to surgeons and nurses across all small animal veterinary specialties and settings.

Course Venue & Accommodation

Quality Hotel 11
Maskingatan 11
41764 Gothenburg

Target Audience

30 – 50 small animal veterinary practitioners, specialists and nurses interested in developing and implementing antimicrobial stewardship and infection control programmes within their clinics.

CME Accreditation

This event is accredited by ESVPS.

Contact Person (Scientific Programme)

Luca Guardabassi, DVM, PhD, ECVPH Diplomate
Professor of Clinical Microbiology
Ross University
School of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 334
Basseterre, St. Kitts
West Indies


Administrative Secretariat

Dr Cindy Maria Dierikx
National Institute for Public Health and the
Environment (RIVM)
Centre for Infectious Disease Control
P.O. Box 1
3720 BA Bilthoven

Phone +31 302 742 034

Course Programme

Presentations are availabe in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

08:00 Welcome & opening remarks

Why is antimicrobial stewardship important?
08:15 Emerging resistance problems in small animals. Luca Guardabassi
08:55 Antibiotic resistance trends in canine and feline pathogens. Constanca Pomba
09:35 Zoonotic risks associated with multidrugresistant bacteria in dogs and cats.
Peter Damborg

10:15 Coffee break

Antibiotic choice: which antibiotic is the right one?
11:00 Critical steps in decision-making. Luca Guardabassi
11:40 Danish guidelines for antibiotic use in companion animals. Lisbeth Rem Jessen
12:00 The Swedish antibiotic policy. Ursula Grønlund
12:20 ISCAID guidelines for superficial pyoderma, UTI and respiratory infections. Scott Weese
13:00 Lunch

Antimicrobial stewardship in small animal practice: from theory to practice
14:00 MDR bacteria and CIAs: to use or not to use? Scott Weese
14:40 Optimization of diagnostic strategies for UTI in companion animal practice.
Lisbeth Rem Jessen
15:20 Current challenges in antibiotic susceptibility testing (VetCAST). Peter Damborg
15:30 Coffee break

Lessons from human medicine
16:00 Antimicrobial stewardship in human hospitals. Gunnar Jacobsson
16:40 Antimicrobial stewardship in human primary health care. Christina Åhrén
17:20 Evaluation of antimicrobial stewardship programmes: focus on outcome. Magnus Arpi
20:00 Social dinner
22:00 Meet-the-expert at the hotel pub

Monday, 12 September 2016

Interactive cases on the management of MDR infections (case-based)
08:00 Management of MDR infections at the University of Lisbon. Constanca Pomba
08:40 Management of MDR infections within a large veterinary care group in Sweden.
Ursula Grønlund

09:20 Prevention of MDR infections at a French hospital ICU. Françoise Roux
10:00 Coffee break
11:00 Roundtable: challenges in implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programmes in veterinary hospitals. Chairs: Luca Guardabassi & Christina Åhrén
12:00 Closing remarks

Faculty Members
  • Christina Åhrén, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Magnus Arpi, Herlev, Denmark
  • Peter Damborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Ursula Grønlund, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Luca Guardabassi, Basseterre, St. Kitts
  • Gunnar Jacobsson, Skövde, Sweden
  • Lisbeth Rem Jessen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Constanca Pomba, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Françoise Roux, Nantes, France
  • Scott Weese, Guelph, Canada