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Antimicrobial Therapy in Veterinary Medicine, 5th edn
Use of antimicrobials
  1. Nicola Williams

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Edited by Steeve Giguère, John F. Prescott and Patricia M. Dowling
704 pages, hardback, £93.99.
Wiley-Blackwell. 2013.
ISBN 978 0 470 96302 9

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‘ANTIMICROBIAL Therapy in Veterinary Medicine’ is now in its fifth edition and remains a useful and comprehensive textbook for veterinary students and for clinicians practising across different veterinary sectors.

It is split into several sections, the first of which covers the general principles of therapy such as susceptibility testing, resistance, pharmacodynamics, drug selection and use, and the important topic of antimicrobial stewardship. This chapter provides a thorough introduction to the area: it discusses first-, second- and third-line use of antimicrobials (crucial to the development of prescribing policies within veterinary practice), as well as the importance of surveillance and education. Antimicrobial resistance mechanisms, how resistance genes are acquired and the persistence …

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