About Us

What “The Animal Antibiotic Use” Is

The Animal Antibiotic Use is a knowledge-sharing platform which stores useful, curated online resources on antibiotic use in food-producing animals and antibiotic resistance in human, animal, and ecological health for eXtension and Extension educators and other animal health stakeholders including veterinarians and producers.

The resources we have collected are largely free for anyone to access and cover topics ranging from drug use and stewardship, policies on antimicrobial use, and impacts on both animals and humans.

The current pilot version was created in August 2017 as part of the research project, “An One Health Approach to Information Seeking and Sharing about Antibiotic Resistance among Agricultural Producers and Veterinarians”, conducted by a team of researchers at Michigan State University. It is our sincere hope that our collection will prove useful to any professional looking for information to further their own understanding of antibiotic use and resistance so that we all may work towards finding a solution to this concerning issue.

Who We Are

The research team includes Dr. Julie Funk, Professor of College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Grace YoungJoo Jeon, Research Associate of Department of Communication; Dr. Maria Lapinski, Professor of Department of Communication and Michigan AgBio Research; Dr. Bo Norby, Associate Professor of College of Veterinary Medicine; and Scott Evans, research assistant.

How We Collected Resources
  • Step 1: We identified candidate websites that contain relevant information related to topics including decisions about antibiotic use in food-producing animals, antibiotic resistance, antibiotic stewardship, antibiotic use policy, antibiotic resistance policy, impact of antibiotic resistance on human, animal, and environmental health.
  • Step 2: Evaluation of each candidate website was performed based on criteria to determine whether to include the website in our knowledge-sharing platform. Each website was assessed in terms of (1) accessibility, (2) relevance, and (3) credibility.
  • Step 3: Lastly, selected websites were categorized based on an author of a website/webpage and for each website, a brief description and keywords were created to help users get a quick sense of each resource included in the knowledge-sharing platform.

We would like to thank eXtension for hosting this. This research was conducted with support from the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. And partial support was provided to Dr. Lapinski by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hatch project number MICL02244.