Science communication challenges about antimicrobial resistance in animal agriculture: insights from stakeholders. Academic Article uri icon


  • Background: Communicating about antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) requires technical knowledge, consideration of audience values and appropriate identification of communication strategies for multiple audiences. Within the context of animal agriculture, communicating about AMR represents an important and complex endeavour for veterinarians, governmental agencies, producers and the industry to convey policy and practice information regarding the use of antimicrobials in food animals. Objectives: To assess the science communication challenges related to AMR by identifying the motivations, goals and struggles of animal agriculture stakeholders when communicating about AMR and AMS. Methods: Participants attending a meeting on AMR communication in animal agriculture (N=80) completed a workshop on science communication, including small group meetings with oral/written comments collected. Participants included veterinarians, government agency representatives, industry stakeholders and producers. Results: Results indicated participants believed providing more accurate information would resolve misunderstanding and concern about AMR to other stakeholders, counter to recommendations of science communicators. Other participants noted beliefs about the utility of stories in trying to explain how AMS is normative and consistent with the values of all parties interested in animal agriculture. Participants noted the importance of public engagement, even if the participants' perceived target audiences did not include the public. Conclusions: Communicating about AMR and AMS in animal agriculture contexts provide unique challenges. Few evidence-based recommendations are available for science communicators in these contexts and more research is needed to improve the quality of communication about AMR and AMS in animal agriculture.

published proceedings

  • JAC Antimicrob Resist

altmetric score

  • 5.1

author list (cited authors)

  • King, A. J., Wald, D. M., Coberley, D. D., Dahlstrom, M. F., & Plummer, P. J.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • King, Andy J||Wald, Dara M||Coberley, Denise D||Dahlstrom, Michael F||Plummer, Paul J

publication date

  • April 2022