2014 AAFP Judicious Therapeutic Use of Antimicrobials in Cats
Veterinarians agree to protect animal and public health when they pledge the Veterinarian's Oath. It is the responsibility of veterinarians working with feline patients to maintain their health by routine health examinations, preventive strategies, and client education. When a condition exists that threatens or impairs feline health and wellbeing, it is important to obtain an accurate clinical diagnosis whenever possible. Once the decision is reached to use antimicrobial therapy, veterinarians strive to optimize therapeutic efficacy, minimize resistance to antimicrobials, and protect public and animal health.
The American Association of Feline Practitioners is committed to the following objectives as developed by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Steering Committee on Judicious Therapeutic Antimicrobial Use:
- Support development of a scientific knowledge base that provides the basis for judicious therapeutic antimicrobial use
- Support educational efforts that promote judicious therapeutic antimicrobial use
- Preserve therapeutic efficacy of antimicrobials
- Ensure current and future availability of veterinary antimicrobials