The goal of the Canadian Dairy Network for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance (CaDNetASR) is to establish a sustainable, on-farm, surveillance system to measure antimicrobial use and the effectiveness of antimicrobial stewardship protocols and programs. Yearly, antimicrobial use data is collected on 150 dairy farms across Canada. On each farm, manure and bulk tank milk samples are taken and tested for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) levels. This data is used to assess the impact of AMR on animal health and animal welfare indicators, as well as trends in AMR of selected pathogens on dairy farms.
CaDNetASR is a collaboration between Canada’s five veterinary colleges (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary; Western Canadian Veterinary College, University of Saskatchewan; Faculté De Médicine Vétérinaire, Université de Montréal; Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph; Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island) and the Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS).
For more information on CaDNetASR, feel free to contact Dr. Herman Barkema, Principal Investigator for Western Canada, Ellen de Jong or Dr. Kayley D. McCubbin who are members of the CaDNetASR expert panel, and project managers in BC and AB: