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Background and objectives: The aim of the project is the development of an interactive e-learning-system for teaching
responsible handling and prudent use of antibiotics in livestock. Key aspects are the emergence and selection for antibiotic resistances, specific characteristics of different antibiotic agents and animal specific modules. Furthermore, a database system will be developed that offers the opportunity to monitor individual bacterial resistance patterns from farms supervised by participating veterinarians. Participation is free of charge until the end of the funding period.
Materials and methods: A website informs about the training tools and serves as an information and communication platform. The elearning modules cover basic knowledge and current topics concerning the use of antibiotics in the field of livestock and are divided in a basic and seven advanced species specific modules. The modules are and have been developed in cooperation with the project partners and academic experts. Noteworthy is the innovative implementation achieved by means of different visual and acoustic features supporting the interactive character.
Results: In total, 892 veterinarians have already registered to participate in the four completed, online available modules (certified
Conclusion: The overall interest in veterinarians for advanced training regarding prudent antibiotic use is high, even requesting further approach apart from productive livestock.