The department of Medical Microbiology, PGIMER, Chandigarh is conducting a workshop on antimicrobial susceptibility testing for veterinary microbiologists from 5-6 August 2016 under the aegis of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) as a part of the activities of the Nodal Coordinating Centre for Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in members of family Enterobacteriaceae. Fifteen veterinary microbiologists from all over India are being trained in various techniques of antibacterial susceptibility testing to strengthen antimicrobial resistance surveillance network in the country.Dr Kamini Walia from ICMR emphasised to bridge the gap between human and veterinary microbiologists to fight against the menace of antibiotic resistance. Dr Pallab Ray, Dr Vikas Gautam, Dr Archana Angrup and their team discussed about the various testing techniques and the participants were given hands on training for the same.
Use of antibiotics as growth promoters constitutes an important component of total antibiotic use in the country. Consequently, animals constitute an important reservoir of emerging antibiotic resistant bacteria which, due to close association of man with animals and products, are subsequently transmitted to humans. Assessment of the extent of drug resistant bacteria in animals demands continuous surveillance for the same using internationally recommended techniques. The participants are being trained in these techniques and this will help the ICMR to extend its existing antimicrobial resistance surveillance network to veterinary laboratories leading to policies regarding control of antibiotic use in animals and control of emergence of drug resistance.