What is the problem?

We all share a concern for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and its impact on human medicine, veterinary medicine, public health and livestock agriculture, as well as global society.

As veterinarians, our first instinct is to take action and correct the problem! As scientists, our first instinct is to reach for the data, validate the data, and put a methodical plan in place. As humans, we want to do what is right. The best approach is often a combination of all three— quick action to do what is right driven by data. The concern with AMR is no different.

Watch the video below to learn more about how veterinarians and farmers practice responsible antibiotic use together…

How do we make good decisions?

Despite the fact that agriculture is often considered the source of AMR in humans, we haven’t been able to find the data to know where or how to start impacting as vets. We sought to learn more and were surprised to learn that no AMR data exists at the farm level. Instead, the assumptions have been driven by AMR collection at the meat counter and harvest facilities. We immediately identified the gap, and have developed a plan to take action and fill this missing void.

Introducing the IMAGINE Project

IMAGINE is a Pipestone-driven project aimed at taking action to collect AMR surveillance data at the farm level. Because it’s the first of its kind, and we need accurate data to support action (our scientist hat!), we will do that over an extended period of time and in different geographies across the US. In addition, data will be compared in real-time with antibiotic use data from our PART (Pipestone Antibiotic Resistance Tracker) program. This project will serve as a model to advance the US swine industry to the global forefront in the areas of Responsible Antibiotic Use and Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance.

What action will we take with the data?

This project will be the first attempt to accomplish this goal on the farm. The data allows us to:

  • Track and compare AMR for pathogens that are important to human health (NARMS)
  • Track and compare AMR for pathogens that are important to the health of the pig.
  • Determine AMR patterns compared to actual antibiotic use.
  • To validate a model protocol of AMR surveillance for the US swine industry.

What’s next?

Imagine living in a world where we know more, and can use that knowledge to do more good. That is what IMAGINE is all about!

Stay tuned as we continue to share more about our journey, and IMAGINE findings.