MSD Animal Health has teamed 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 MSD Animal Health CIVME Antimicrobial Stewardship Grant program (ASGP) seeks to improve instructional programs related to AMR in educational institutions around the world. The grant is currently in its second year with increased support from MSD Animal Health following a successful launch of the program in 2019.
“Antimicrobial resistance is an enormous problem in the world today and it looms as one of the greatest public health challenges we will face in the future,” said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “We’re grateful to partner with a forward-thinking corporation like MSD Animal Health on an educational program that will help us address this threat and we appreciate their support of this critical program.”
“As a company that is highly committed to science-based research, MSD Animal Health supports the responsible use of antibiotics to prevent and treat disease, maintain the health of animals and, ultimately, ensure a safe global food supply,” said Elzo M. Kannekens, DVM, director of global public policy and multilateral affairs, MSD Animal Health. “We advocate for the use of vaccines to prevent disease and are making significant investments in global anti-microbial stewardship efforts to ensure current treatments remain effective as long as possible. As part of this commitment, we are proud to partner with AAVMC to bring forward this international grant program to improve educational programs about antimicrobial resistance.”
The grant program focuses 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 encourages 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 online application is available in English, Spanish, and French. Applications should be submitted using the following link no later than January 14, 2022:
2019 Grant Recipient:
Antimicrobial Stewardship Cooperative, Dr. Laura Hardefeldt, University of Melbourne
2020 Grant Recipients:
Promoting Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in Global Veterinary Medical Academic Settings Through the Understanding of Attitudes and Perceived Barriers to Implementation, Dr. Emily Feyes, Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Seminar on the Prudent Use of Antibiotics in Aquaculture, Dr. Sophie St-Hilaire, City University of Hong Kong