Antibiotics are a type of medicine which kill bacteria or stop them from multiplying, giving the body's own immune system the chance to fight the infection. Frequent use of antibiotics in humans and animals can involve risks. Bacteria can become resistant and pass on their resistance to future generations, making infections harder to treat. This is a problem especially for vulnerable people.
Although antibiotic use in animals has declined sharply since 2009, and the number of resistant bacteria found in animals also decreases, research remains important.
Wageningen Bioveterinary Research collects data on the effects of the use of antibiotics in animals and investigates the dynamics of resistance genes to understand how to prevent transmission within the animal domain and to humans. With this knowledge we advise policymakers and other stakeholders on how they can effectively and efficiently prevent the spread of anti-microbial resistance.