AAVMC, MSD Animal
Health Collaborating on Global Antimicrobial Resistance Project
MSD Animal Health
is teaming up with the AAVMC on an international grant program designed to help
mitigate the global public health problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Administered through the AAVMC’s Council on
International Veterinary Medical Education
(CIVME), the new MSD Animal Health CIVME Antimicrobial Stewardship Grant
program (ASGP) seeks to improve instructional programs related to AMR in educational
institutions around the world.
“Successfully mitigating the antimicrobial resistance
problem is going to require the coordinated efforts of many institutions in both
the public and private sectors working together at the global level,” said
AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “Training students and professionals about
responsible therapeutic practices is an important strategy for success, and
we’re pleased to have this opportunity to collaborate with Merck Animal Health
on a promising initiative.”
The grant program goal is focused on building
networks and using communication technology to increase awareness, share ideas,
and support innovative approaches to improving veterinary medical education at
universities around the world.
“We support the responsible use of antibiotics
as essential, life-saving veterinary therapeutic tools to improve the health of
animals,” said Elzo M. Kannekens, DVM, Director Global
Public Policy & Multilateral Affairs, MSD Animal Health. “Their use in
veterinary medicine also benefits humans by reducing the spread of disease
between animals and humans. We recognize the
critical importance of sound antibiotic stewardship by working with partners
around the world to support ongoing science and available
treatment options to help veterinarians deal with this challenge in an
effective way. We are therefore proud to partner with CIVME in the
MSD AH CIVME grant program on Antimicrobial Stewardship.”
The grant program will focus on antibiotic stewardship
and emphasize disease prevention through improved vaccination protocols.
Keeping more animals free from infectious disease through immunizations will
reduce the amount of antimicrobial agents required to treat sick animals.
The grant program is encouraging multi-university
collaborations on a global scale. Total project budgets should not exceed
$10,000 and will be awarded for a maximum period of 24 months. Projects
are expected to align with one or more criteria that advance CIVME’s mission and convincingly promote international collaboration in veterinary medical education. Indirect costs are not considered.
The deadline for grant submission is January 30, 2020. Proposals should be
forwarded to CIVMEfirstname.lastname@example.org and grant application
materials can found on the CIVME website. Recipients will be informed in March
2020. For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Harold Bok (email@example.com).
ASGP Application form