Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Initiative looking for participants

  |   Animal Health, One Health

The University of Minnesota is recruiting U.S. small animal veterinary teaching hospitals to participate in a 2020 national point-prevalence survey (PPS) to gather data on antibiotic use in dogs and cats. Data from a single day of clinical practice will be collected from all participating hospitals for national-level aggregation and analysis. This approach is modeled after CDC’s methodology to estimate national antibiotic use and healthcare-associated infections in hospitals and nursing homes (e.g., PMID 32519751, 30380384).

Time commitment is estimated to be approximately 10 hours, but this will vary based on patient caseload. Participating hospitals will be provided with all information (e.g., standard operating procedures, data dictionary) needed to for data collection. Data collected will include patient signalment, visit type (i.e., wellness, sick, recheck, procedure), chief complaint, diagnostic tests and imaging conducted, and antibiotics (drug, dose, duration, frequency, route) prescribed.

Please see the UMN Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Initiative website ( or email attachment for additional information. While you are on the ARSI website, please see the new resources available for small animal practice, including the Handbook of Antibiotic Stewardship in Companion Animal Veterinary Settings ( and the Excel-based Antibiotic Use Tracking Tool ( The national PPS will help us to improve these resources and develop new tools to support antimicrobial stewardship in companion animal practice.

To inquire or express interest in participating, please email Emma Leof, Program Manager and Epidemiologist, University of Minnesota, at [email protected] or 612-301-3274.


Posted August 7, 2020