Antimicrobial resistance and agriculture: Is there a threat to public health and how is British farming responding?


Thursday 8 February 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Epidemiology & Public Health Section


6 CPD Points

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about this event

The human health threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is growing, human health agencies are concerned and taking action. Globally, the volume of antibiotics given to animals exceeds that given to humans. This event will look at the science behind the debate of how much harm high levels of antibiotic use in animals can potentially cause to human health, at the UK’s usage levels and what UK farmers are doing to address the problem. We will also look at whether reductions are going far enough, and how much change is needed to our farming industry to protect the public health.

This meeting is supported by the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics.


  • Understand the threat that AMR poses to human health
  • Be aware of the current volume of, and trends in, usage of antibiotics in UK agriculture
  • Know about the opportunities to reduce antibiotic usage and understand the role that health and other professionals can play in achieving the necessary change


  • RSM members £45 - £95
  • Non members £65 - £155

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9.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

10.00 am


10.30 am

Antimicrobial resistance as a public health challenge

Dr Gauri Godbole, Consultant Microbiologist, Public Health England

11.00 am

Link between farm antibiotic use and the risk to public health

Mr Cóilín Nunan, Scientific Advisor, Alliance to Save our Antibiotics

11.30 am

Tea and coffee break

11.45 am

Prudent, not excessive use of antibiotics

Mr Aled Davies, Director, Pruex

12.15 pm

Reduction targets and the years ahead for UK farming

Mr Gwyn Jones, Chairman, Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance

12.45 pm

Panel discussion

1.15 pm


2.00 pm

Antimicrobial resistance- The veterinary perspective

Mr John Fishwick, President, British Veterinary Association

2.20 pm

Power in participation: Using farmer action groups to drive responsible use

Ms Lisa Morgans, PhD student, University of Bristol

2.40 pm

Affecting behaviour change in a hard-to-reach industry: How to communicate best practice

Mr Josh Onyango, Innovation for Agriculture

3.00 pm

Raising animals without routine use of antibiotics – case study of an organic system

Mr Peter Melchett, Policy Director, Soil Association

3.20 pm

Panel discussion

4.00 pm

Conclusion and close of meeting

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For information on this event, contact Emily Amos-ThompsonTel: 0207 290 3935 Email: arrow