Chapter 8. Guidelines for Antimicrobial Use in Poultry

  1. Luca Guardabassi4,
  2. Lars B. Jensen5 and
  3. Hilde Kruse6
  1. Ulrich Löhren1,
  2. Antonia Ricci2 and
  3. Timothy S. Cummings3

Published Online: 30 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302639.ch8

Guide to Antimicrobial Use in Animals

Guide to Antimicrobial Use in Animals

How to Cite

Löhren, U., Ricci, A. and Cummings, T. S. (2009) Guidelines for Antimicrobial Use in Poultry, in Guide to Antimicrobial Use in Animals (eds L. Guardabassi, L. B. Jensen and H. Kruse), Blackwell Publishing, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302639.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  2. 5

    National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark

  3. 6

    Department for Health Surveillance, National Veterinary Institute, Norway

Author Information

  1. 1

    PHW-Group, Lohmann & Co. AG, Central Diagnostic Laboratory, Rechterfeld, Germany

  2. 2

    OIE Reference Laboratory for Salmonellosis, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Legnano, Padova, Italy

  3. 3

    College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Mississipipi State, MS, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405150798

Online ISBN: 9781444302639



  • antimicrobial use in poultry;
  • antimicrobials in therapeutic use and veterinarian or pharmaceutical legislation;
  • sulfonamides as coccidiostats in therapy for coccidiosis;
  • German Federal Veterinarians Association (BTK) and Working Group of Senior Veterinarians (ArgeVet);
  • antimicrobials in avian medicine;
  • resistance trends in poultry pathogens and zoonotic bacteria;
  • antimicrobial susceptibility in E. coli and Pseudomonas isolates from poultry;
  • disease-specific guidelines for antimicrobial use;
  • colibacillosis - common bacterial infection in chickens or turkeys;
  • probiotics and competitive exclusion flora


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Antimicrobial use in poultry

  • Major antimicrobials used in avian medicine

  • Registration of antimicrobials for use in poultry

  • Resistance trends in poultry pathogens and zoonotic bacteria

  • Good veterinary practices for antimicrobial use in poultry

  • Disease-specific guidelines for antimicrobial use

  • Options to avoid antimicrobial treatment by biological approaches

  • Concluding remarks

  • References