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Part 1 of Three-Part Video Series on Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial use and resistance have received considerable negative, inaccurate attention from the media, activist groups and legislators throughout North America, most recently following the release of a policy paper by the Ontario Medical Association.

The latest video in the Beef Research School features Dr. Reynold Bergen, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association and BCRC Science Director, who explains antimicrobial resistance and answers the question: Is there evidence that antimicrobial use in beef cattle causes antimicrobial resistance in humans?

Antibiotic: an antimicrobial substance produced by a microorganism (or a synthetic version) that can kill or prevent the growth of another microorganism. In human and veterinary medicine, antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections.

Antimicrobial: a substance that can destroy or prevent the growth of microorganisms. There are many different types of antimicrobial substances, including antibiotics, anti-protozoals (e.g. ionophores for coccidiosis), alcohol, soap and bleach.

All antibiotics are antimicrobials, but not all antimicrobials are antibiotics. The two terms are often used interchangeably.

See the video here.

Stay tuned for parts two and three of our video series on antimicrobial resistance, and other future episodes in the Beef Research School.  Past episodes covered ruminal acidosis, footrot and other lameness, and using RFI to select for feed efficiency. More information on the Beef Research School.

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Part 2 of three-part video series on antimicrobial resistance
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Part 3 of three-part video series on antimicrobial resistance
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Antimicrobial resistance: does Canadian beef production contribute?
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