Survey of instructors teaching about antimicrobial resistance in the veterinary professional curriculum in the United States. Academic Article uri icon


  • The objective of this study was to ascertain current teaching methods for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in veterinary professional curricula and to find out what veterinary instructors consider to be prioritized subtopics related to AMR. The sampling frame was instructors in veterinary professional programs at US colleges of veterinary medicine who provide instruction about antibiotics or AMR in the disciplines of microbiology, pharmacology, public health, epidemiology, internal medicine, surgery, or related subjects. Identified instructors were invited to participate in an online survey of current teaching methods related to subtopics of AMR. From 1,207 invitations, 306 completed surveys were available for analysis (25% response rate) with the largest number of respondents stating their contact hours about antibiotics occur in the discipline of "medicine-food animal." The median contact time suggested for AMR in the core veterinary curriculum was 3-5 hours, and for antibiotics in general, 16-20 hours. Subtopics of AMR were prioritized based on respondents' indication that they use or would use various teaching tools. The most common teaching tool for all topics was projected text (i.e., slides or PowerPoint slides) and the least common were video clips, non-course Web sites, online modules, and laboratory experiments. Recommendations for identifying the priorities of AMR content coverage and learning outcomes are made.

published proceedings

  • J Vet Med Educ

altmetric score

  • 1.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Fajt, V. R., Scott, H. M., McIntosh, W. A., Dean, W. R., & Vincent, V. C.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Fajt, Virginia R||Scott, H Morgan||McIntosh, W Alex||Dean, Wesley R||Vincent, Virginia C

publication date

  • March 2013