University of Bristol Veterinary School’s AMR Force wins in the third Antibiotic Guardian Awards run by Public Health England.

A University of Bristol research group has won a prestigious award in recognition of its achievement in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

AMR Force, which facilitates AMR research at the university’s Veterinary School, was recognised at the Antibiotic Guardian Awards run by Public Health England.

Now in their third year, the awards are attended by leaders in human medicine, veterinary medicine and the agricultural industries from the UK and around the world.

Worldwide entries

Hosted by chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies, the awards this year included entries from as far away as Malaysia and New Zealand.

The university’s AMR Force was victorious in the new Agriculture and Food category for its collaboration with researchers, practitioners and industry bodies across the food chain.

Public awareness

AMR Force aims to promote and facilitate decreasing antibiotic use while improving animal health through a range of approaches addressing differing styles and attitudes.

It has also raised public awareness on AMR in wider society, including national media, and by showcasing at numerous national and international events.

The group uses modern tools, such as Twitter, to further disseminate the results of its work.

Proud

AMR Force leader Kristen Reyher said: “We are so proud of this award, which is recognition of a truly collaborative group that has worked tirelessly to become a force for change towards more responsible use of antimicrobials across the animal sectors.

“Our participatory efforts with farmers have helped showcase their desires to be responsible users of antimicrobials, and we have trained veterinary surgeons in improving animal health and welfare while moving away from the use of antibiotics of critical importance to human medicine.”

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