Driving laboratory standardisation of bacterial culture and antimicrobial susceptibility testing in veterinary clinical microbiology in Europe and beyond.



Timofte, Dorina ORCID: 0000-0002-7261-738X, Broens, Els M, Guardabassi, Luca, Pomba, Constanca, Allerton, Fergus, Ikonomopoulos, John, Overesch, Gudrun, Damborg, Peter and European Network for Optimisation of Veterinary Antimicrobial Tr,
(2020) Driving laboratory standardisation of bacterial culture and antimicrobial susceptibility testing in veterinary clinical microbiology in Europe and beyond. Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

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Abstract

Globally, antimicrobial resistance is one of the most important public health challenges in which the clinical microbiology laboratory plays a critical role by providing guidance for antimicrobial treatment. Despite the recognition of its importance, there is still a real need for standardized training of clinical microbiologists and harmonisation of diagnostic procedures. This is particularly true for veterinary clinical microbiology where additional challenges exist when microbiologists are trying to fulfil a professional role very similar to their colleagues working in human microbiology laboratories. The specific points that need addressing to improve the outputs of veterinary microbiology laboratories discussed here include 1) harmonisation of methodologies used by veterinary laboratories for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST); 2) specific guidelines for interpretation and reporting of AST results for animal pathogens; 3) guidelines for detection of antimicrobial resistance mechanisms in animal isolates; 4) standardisation of diagnostic procedures for animal clinical specimens and 5) the need to train more veterinary clinical microbiology specialists. However, there is now a plan to address these issues led by the European Network for Optimisation of Veterinary Antimicrobial Treatment (ENOVAT) which is bringing together experts in veterinary microbiology, pharmacology, epidemiology and antimicrobial stewardship from Europe and wider afield. ENOVAT is aiming to work with project partners towards standardisation and harmonisation of laboratory methodologies and optimisation of veterinary antimicrobial treatment. Ultimately, the project may provide a mechanism for standardisation and harmonisation of veterinary clinical microbiology methodologies, which could then be used as a template for implementation at a wider international level.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: European Network for Optimisation of Veterinary Antimicrobial Treatment (ENOVAT); ESCMID Study Group for Veterinary Microbiology (ESGVM); European College of Veterinary Microbiology (ECVM) and European Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (EAVLD)
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2021 11:00
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2021 20:10
DOI: 10.1128/jcm.02572-20
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3115545