Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship

CDFA-AUS  •  1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814  •  916-576-0300

Antimicrobial Use & Stewardship Program


The Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship program’s first annual report, AUS 2019 Annual Report , reports on the 2018 – 2019 fiscal year.
New The Guidelines for Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Livestock and Guidelines for Veterinarians: Judicious Use of Antimicrobials for Livestock (first published in July 2018) have recently been revised.

New  Responsible Antibiotic Use is a printer-friendly infographic of AUS’ Guidelines for Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Livestock (see full text above).

Printing Tip: For best printing results, adjust your Printer Properties to:
Orientation: Landscape and Scale: Shrink to Fit.
California is participating in the NAHMS 2019 Goat Study. If you are a CA goat producer, and are contacted by USDA or CDFA, please participate in the study. Let your voice be heard!

Since the introduction of antimicrobials in the 1940s, illness and deaths in both people and animals from infectious diseases have been greatly reduced. Unfortunately, as these drugs have been used so widely for so long to treat both humans and animals, many of the germs (bacteria) are adapting and are no longer vulnerable, making them resistant to these wonder drugs.

A coordinated effort by physicians, veterinarians, individual patients, animal caretakers and producers is essential in order to preserve the efficacy of antimicrobial drugs. CDFA’s Antimicrobial Use & Stewardship program provides the education and tools for veterinarians and producers to make decisions regarding disease prevention and judicious use of antimicrobials in livestock. The intent is to uphold best animal health practices in order to provide a safe, secure, and bountiful food supply, while reducing the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.


Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

AMR Video by TED Ed.