Antibiotic Resistance Surveillance Program

The BC Ministry of Agriculture & Lands (MAL) monitors antimicrobial resistance of bacteria found in chickens, swine, cattle and other farm animals. The program uses a complex sampling scheme to select animals to be tested, and tests for resistance to several different bacteria. For E. coli and Salmonella, resistance and MIC values for 17 anti-microbial agents are collected, and for Campylobacter, for 8 antibiotics. Methods of analysis and presentation need to be developed to summarize the data using appropriate statistical methodology.