94300 - Risk Management Of Antimicrobial Resistance

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Zero hunger Good health and well-being Responsible consumption and production Oceans

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Students will be familiar with the basic concepts of antibiotics, their mechanisms of action and their use in food producing animals. The strategies implemented at local, national and international scale to fight antimicrobial resistance will be illustrated and discussed. Students will be aware of the role of both food and environment for the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance. Students will understand which preventive measures can be applied to contain antimicrobial resistance.

Course contents

  • Antimicrobial resistance in food-producing animals
  • Management of antimicrobial resistance
  • The transfer of antimicrobial resistance from food to humans
  • The role of the environment in the antimicrobial resistance issue
  • Biosecurity, prevention and animal welfare


Lectures slides

Scientific papers

Antimicrobial Resistance in Bacteria from Livestock and Companion Animals [Edited by Frank Møller Aarestrup, Stefan Schwarz, Jianzhong Shen, and Lina Cavaco], 2018, American Society for Microbiology, Washington, DC


Teaching methods

Whole-class lectures encouraging close interaction between teacher and students, aimed at stimulating a critical reasoned approach.

Assessment methods

A written test will take place at the end of the course. The test consists of 30 multiple choice questions to be answered in 60 minutes, allowing to verify the knowledge of the student on all the topics covered during the course. Each correct answer gives 1 point.

This course is part of the integrated subject “One health in food safety”, which also includes “Risk management of zoonotic parasites along the food chain”. Final grading of the entire integrated course is calculated as an average of the scores obtained in the two courses “Risk management of zoonotic parasites along the food chain” and “Risk management of antimicrobial resistance”.

Teaching tools

Personal computer, projector, Microsoft Teams and Panopto softwares

Office hours

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