Inter-observer agreement between veterinarians and dairy farm caretakers

a hierarchical survey of antimicrobial use decisions

  • R. Portillo-Gonzalez Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210
  • J. A. Pempek Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210
  • S. Locke Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210
  • A. M. Dietsch School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210
  • R. V. Pereira Department of Population Health & Reproduction, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA 95616
  • G. Habing Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210
Keywords: antimicrobial treatment, caretakers, veterinarians, on-farm treatment

Abstract

Antimicrobial use in food-producing animals may contribute to the development of drug-resistant bacterial infections in humans. Veterinarians prescribe and dispense antimicrobials, but farm caretakers are responsible for judging disease severity and initiating on-farm treatments. The objective of this study was to estimate the level of agreement on initiating on-farm antimicrobial treatment between farm caretakers and the respective farm veterinarians at different levels of disease severity

Published
2020-09-24
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Research Summaries