Special Issue "A Multidisciplinary Approach to Unveil the Link between Animal Welfare and Antimicrobial Use in Captive Animals"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.
Interests: behaviour; animal welfare; zoo animals; animal cognition; antimicrobials; swine; beef cattle; behavioural ecology; wildife conservation; social behaviour
Interests: pig production; epidemiology; animal health; animal welfare; antimicrobial use; antimicrobial resistance; public health; one health; one welfare
The over/mis-use of antimicrobials (AMU) in veterinary medicine is considered to be one of the major contributors to the development of antimicrobial resistance; a worldwide human and animal health threat. Evidence of resistant bacteria has been described in captive species (i.e., farm, lab, companion, and zoo animals). Thus, effective strategies are needed to promote more prudent and effective antimicrobial stewardship. Providing accurate data on AMU and potential risk factors is a pivotal step towards achieving this goal. Despite the acknowledged relationship between animal health, animal welfare and performance, the role of animal welfare in the reducing AMU has been poorly investigated. Some preliminary research is available on farm animals, whereas knowledge is sparse for zoo, companion, and lab animals.
Employing multiple disciplines (e.g., animal behaviour, animal cognition, computational ethology, epidemiology, and social sciences) in investigating this topic may represent a key tool in better understanding such a relationship, while also providing additional info on AMU in captive species. This in turn, will be useful for the development of new strategies for the more judicious management of AMU in veterinary medicine.
Original manuscripts, reviews and case studies that address the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to unveil the link between animal welfare and AMU in captive species are welcomed in this Special Issue. Presenting the most recent research on this topic will allow for a better understanding and investigation of the gaps presented above.
Dr. Alessia Diana
Dr. Maria Rodrigues da Costa
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- animal cognition
- animal welfare
- antimicrobial use
- antimicrobial resistance
- companion animals
- farm animals
- multidisciplinary approach
- precision livestock farming
- zoo animals