We are currently preparing the Eleventh International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents in Veterinary Medicine (AAVM), to be held September 11-14, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. This forthcoming conference follows the success of the past ten AAVM conferences held in Helsinki, Ottawa, Orlando, Prague, Tel Aviv, Washington DC, Berlin, Budapest, Rome and virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The antimicrobials are still important and necessary in farm and companion animal therapy, notwithstanding the increased attention and measures to promote an overall reduced and responsible use. The risk for the spread of bacterial resistance when antimicrobials are used is well known, and the interconnection of use of animal and human antimicrobials further increases the concern for human and animal health. Alternatives to these drugs are increasing, but still not routinely available. Veterinary medicine has to deal with the increasing requirement of antimicrobial use reduction, the lack of valid alternatives and a more prudent and updated use of antimicrobials in the therapy. These aspects and many others, such as, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, PK/PD modelling, antimicrobial resistance, residues, analytical methods, clinical trials, environmental impact, etc. are the forefront topics of the AAVM program.
Antibiotic resistance is caused by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, as well as poor infection prevention and control. Steps can be taken to limit the transmission of resistance, and also to prevent and control the spread of infections. Research on new and alternative antimicrobial molecules, early detection of diseases, bio-safety and control measures for infections in intensive farms, will be in the spotlight for the upcoming AAVM conference as well.
We encourage debates and discussion between the presenters, discussants, and participants. The Covid-19 pandemic did not stop our work and last year’s virtual conference allowed for greater participation and communication between attendees and speakers. AAVM Conference is confirmed as one of the leading meetings in its field, providing a very intensive program and encourages discussion among the attendees.
We look forward to welcoming you to Madrid.
Prof. Petra P. Cagnardi
Prof. Stefan Soback
Past Conference Chair