Preserving antibiotics for all

Is it possible? This vet says yes, BUT, working with your veterinarian to do everything to prevent, and when needed, treat correctly, is a must.


Mike Apley, BEEF Magazine

Sep 16, 2019


I want to introduce a federal group I have worked with for the last four years, the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria, or PACCARB ( While I am writing as a voting member of this council, the views expressed herein are my own.


PACCARB advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on antibiotic resistance. This occurs through reports created by 15 voting members and 10 liaison members, which make up respective working groups tasked with answering particular questions identified by the chair or transmitted by the secretary of HHS.


You can find reports and council members on the website. Past members are listed in the reports to which they contributed.


This council was established in 2015, with the first public meeting Sept. 29, 2015. Since then, there have been 13 public meetings, where an amazing group of experts have come to advise and educate the council and the rest of America (and the world). Many more have contributed via public comments — you can, too! And we get to read your comments!


The great thing about these meetings is that you can look through all of them on the website and watch the different segments; you also have access to all of the PowerPoints from the panel experts. Sift through the public meetings and pick out areas of interest to you.


Personally, this experience has been one of the greatest educational opportunities I have had. Not only through the long list of experts who have participated in panels, but also through comments we receive, conversations and relationships established with human health care professionals.


The biggest lesson of all? Everyone I work with on the council just wants to preserve the use of antibiotics for human and veterinary health for future generations. Antibiotic resistance is a real and pressing problem, and everyone needs to pitch in. In my personal opinion, one of the biggest behavioral problems involved in antibiotic resistance is that the problem always seems to be what someone else is doing, and what we are doing is without fault.


I invite you to look on the website for the latest report, Priorities for the National Action Plan on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria: 2020-2025, a Report with Recommendations.


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