Antibiotic Stewardship in Small Animal Surgery

The WHO declared antimicrobial resistance as one of the most urgent healthcare issues of the time. In order to reduce the worldwide antimicrobial selection pressure, prudent antimicrobial usage is more important than ever. This is especially important in prophylactic applications, as are most of the perioperative antimicrobial prescriptions.

While most guidelines restrict indications for antimicrobial usage more and more, this only partially translates into a change of the current prescription behavior. This webinar will discuss the evidence for perioperative antimicrobial usage as well as pitfalls and open-ended questions that need to be addressed in the future.



PD Dr. Mirja Nolff,, DECVS, FTA Kleintiermedizin, FTA Kleintierchirurgie, will facilitate the following presentations:

  • Dan Mertens, DVM, MS, DACVS: Prophylactic Antibiotics in Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery
  • Fergus Allerton, BSc, BVSc, CertSAM, DECVIM-CA, FRCVS: Updated Surgical Prophylaxis Guidelines From ENOVAT


CE Credit

RACE Program #20-1132226 is approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education in jurisdictions which recognize the American Association of Veterinary State Boards’ (AAVSB) Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE).


image   Webinar Length: 1.5 hours       image   CE Credits: 1.5 credits       image   MOC: 1.5 points 

Rates per individual webinar (live and on-demand)

ACVS/ECVS Diplomate/Emeritus Diplomate $70
ACVS/ECVS Resident* $30
Veterinary/Other Professional $85
Student/Intern/Technician $45

Fergus Allerton, BSc, BVSc, CertSAM Dip. DECVIM-CA, FRCVS

Internal Medicine Specialist

Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Centre

Fergus graduated from the University of Bristol and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Liege, Belgium. He is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Medicine. Fergus is actively involved in veterinary antibiotic stewardship and contributed to the development of the PROTECT ME guidelines (latest version out now). Within ENOVAT he is working on recommendations for antibiotic use for surgical prophylaxis. He is the current editor of Companion and the BSAVA formulary and is also a member of the WSAVA Therapeutic Guidelines Group and a clinical medicine lead for RCVS Knowledge.

Dan Mertens, DVM, MS, DACVS

Small Animal Surgeon, Medical Director

Carolina Veterinary Specialists

Mirja Nolff,, Dipl. DECVS, FTA Kleintiermedzin, FTA Kleintierchirurgie (Moderator)

European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Mirja qualified from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo), Germany in 2007 and went on to perform a Small Animal Rotating Internship at the Small Animal Clinic of the TiHo followed by two national specialization titles and a Small Animal Surgery Residency (surgical specialization) at The Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich,Germany.  She became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2018. Following her residency she accepted a position to build the Soft Tissue- and Oncologic Surgery section of the Clinic for Small Animal Surgery (Head Prof. Pozzi) in 2019. She completed her Habilitation in Small Animal Surgery in 2019 with a research focus on treatment of multidrug resistant soft tissue infections negative pressure wound therapy and antimicrobial stewardship in small animal surgery. Mirja has participated in the development of the National Swiss Small Animal Antibiotic guidelines, and since 2021 she is also member of the ENOVAT network and works towards new guidelines for perioperative antibiotic usage. Her current research focus lies in surgical oncology with a focus on sarcoma and mast cell tumors and applications of Near Infrared imaging during surgery. She published several clinical articles in peer-reviewed veterinary and human journals and lectures regularly at national and international courses/conferences.


Live Webinar
Webinar: Antibiotic Stewardship in Small Animal Surgery
02/21/2024 at 6:00 PM (EST)  |  90 minutes
02/21/2024 at 6:00 PM (EST)  |  90 minutes
15 Questions
1.50 Credit Hours credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 Credit Hours credits  |  Certificate available
On-Demand Webinar
On-demand recording
Open to view video.
Open to view video.
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  7/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  7/10 points to pass
1.50 Credit Hours credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 Credit Hours credits  |  Certificate available