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SLU launches open online course on antimicrobial resistance in livestock

Published: 20 February 2019

Next week SLU launches an open online course (MOOC) for livestock keepers and professionals working in the livestock production sector in low-income countries and emerging economies worldwide. During the course you will learn what antibiotic resistance is and how to prevent it while increasing productivity among your livestock.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an increasing problem worldwide and is a threat to the health of animals and humans. But there is still a need for a efficient livestock production, which requires healthy animals. In many countries, this has led to extensive and often inappropriate use of antibiotics, which may contribute to increasing antibiotic resistance.

Effective Livestock Production with Low Use of Antibiotics

During the course, you will learn how basic disease preventative measures in combination with sensible use of antibiotics can sustain or even increase the livestock production and limit the emergence of antibiotic resistance.

  • What antibiotics are and what they are used for
  • What antibiotic resistance is, how it develops and why it is a problem
  • Basics of infectious disease prevention
  • When and how we should use antibiotics prudently and efficiently in livestock production
  • How to combine disease preventative measures and prudent use of antibiotics for livestock to sustain their health and productivity
  • The economic possibilities in applying disease preventative measures

Link to the course page for more information and registration.


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enroll. MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale.

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