Antimicrobial Therapy in the Perioperative Patient

Small Animal

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Recorded on: 4th May 2023


Mirja Christine Nolff   Dr.med.vet, DVM, DECVS - University of Zurich, Switzerland
Sofia Johard   DVM, DECVS - IVC Evidensia, Sweden
 Daniel Mertens   BA, MS, DVM, DACVS - Charlotte, NC, USA


Fergus Allerton   BSc, BVSc, CertSAM, DECVIM-CA, MRCVS - Willows Veterinary Centre & Referral Service / Linnaeus Group, UK



Surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis is routinely employed to reduce the risk of surgical site infections in human and veterinary medicine. Is this an appropriate use of antimicrobials in otherwise healthy individuals? This question is of critical importance in a world where the threat from antimicrobial resistance is steadily increasing and where all usage of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine is under challenge.

Join our multidisciplinary panel of world-renowned experts as they discuss aspects of antimicrobial use for surgical prophylaxis. What determines if antimicrobials should be used for a particular procedure? Which antimicrobial(s) should be selected? When should peri-operative use end? Importantly, how can surgeons be supported to feel comfortable not using antimicrobials? Further questions from the audience are welcomed and will be included this lively debate.   


Dr. Mertens taught and did research at Texas A&M University following his residency. During his tenure at Texas A&M, Dr. Mertens received the prestigious national Phi Zeta award for most outstanding manuscript in the basic science category in 2003. Dr. Mertens has numerous publications including articles and book chapters and has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally. In 2005, Dr. Mertens left academia to join the team at Carolina Veterinary Specialists.

Fergus graduated from the University of Bristol in 2004. He spent six years working in a mixed practice in Worcestershire. A keen interest in all things medical motivated Fergus to pursue the Royal College Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. He then spent three years undertaking a medicine residency at the University of Liege in Belgium studying for and, later gaining, the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Fergus is currently the chairman of the Small Animal Medicine Society (SAMSoc) and has been involved in the PROTECT ME initiative to encourage rational antibiotic use in small animal patients. He is currently editing the next edition of the BSAVA formulary. His particular interests include gall bladder disease (especially mucocoeles in Border Terriers), canine sinonasal aspergillosis, haematology, immune-mediated disease and antibiotic stewardship.

Fergus has a cat called Spartacus and a stick insect called Clive.

Sofia qualified from the Swedish university of agricultural sciences in Uppsala, Sweden in 2007 and went on to perform a Swedish specialization program in small animals (equal to a rotating internship) at a private practice in Stockholm, Sweden followed by a small animal surgery residency (surgical specialisation) at the Swedish university of agricultural sciences in Uppsala, Sweden. She became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2021. Following her residency she worked as a small animal surgeon in private practice in Stockholm. Sofia is now working at IVC Evidensia Södra Djursjukhuset in Stockholm, Sweden with mainly orthopedic surgery and lameness therapeutics/diagnostics in small animals. Sofia has published clinical articles in peer-reviewed veterinary journals mainly about multiresistant bacteria and antimicrobial use. 

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