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MOOC about antibiotics in livestock

Published: 28 August 2020

Join this open online course (MOOC), Effective Livestock Production with Low Use of Antibiotics. During the course you will learn what antibiotic resistance is and how to prevent it while increasing productivity among livestock.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an increasing problem worldwide and is a threat to the health of animals and humans. However, 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. The MOOC is mainly addressed towards livestock keepers and professionals working in the livestock production sector in low-income countries and emerging economies worldwide.

Effective Livestock Production with Low Use of Antibiotics

The course is open from 24 August until 2 November 2020. 

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

Parts of the course
  1. Why is antimicrobial resistance (AMR) a problem?
  2. What can you do to prevent disease?
  3. How should you use antibiotics?
  4. Combining disease prevention and low use of antibiotics

Each part contains 17-26 steps (short video lectures, articles, interviews with Swedish and foreign animal farmers, discussion forums and quizzes). 

Link to the course page for more information and registration. 

Link to a short youtube-video about the course. 



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.

A total of more than 3,000 people from more than 130 countries have joined the course at the first four course runs (top 10 countries with the most affiliated: United Kingdom, Nigeria, Kenya, Bangladesh, India, Uganda, Zambia, Sweden, USA and Tanzania).



Ulf Magnusson, Professor at the Department of Clinical Sciences; Division of Reproduction, 018-672324