Online course – Practical guidelines for responsible antibiotic use in dogs and cats: what, when, how long?

Since the discovery of antibiotics in the 1920s, these drugs have been essential in the treatment of various infectious diseases in veterinary and human medicine. Unfortunately, due to the increasing occurrence of antibiotic resistance, these lifesaving drugs are not always effective anymore and in the last years certain common infections have become more difficult to treat.

As the main driving factors behind antibiotic resistance are overuse and misuse of antibiotics, it is the responsibility of veterinarians and doctors to use antibiotics correctly and only when indicated. This practical course has been based on the ACVIM consensus guidelines on therapeutic antimicrobial use in animals and antimicrobial resistance, published in 2015; as well as on consensus guidelines published by the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases. Practical and concrete recommendations are given on when and how to use antibiotics in the treatment of 1) urinary tract infections 2) respiratory infections and 3) gastro-intestinal diseases in dogs and cats.

Answers will be provided to the following questions:

  • What are methods to prevent antimicrobial resistance?
  • When to use antibiotics?
  • What type of antibiotics to use?
  • Is there need for more than 1 type of antibiotic?
  • How long to treat with antibiotics?
  • How to follow up treatment?

The total course duration is minimal 1.5 hours. It is immediately available after registration and can be followed at your own pace. It consists of different chapters, with each chapter containing a short video of a previously recorded lecture. Furthermore, interesting literature and handouts will be provided. Questions to the teacher can be asked on the online forum.


For Dutch speaking veterinarians: Wil je deze cursus heel graag volgen, maar schrikt het je af om het in het Engels te doen? Laat het ons weten! Indien minstens 15 personen deze cursus graag in het Nederlands willen volgen, dan zullen we hem ook in het Nederlands aanbieden!



Target group: Small animal veterinarians who work at an IVC Evidensia clinic or an external clinic

Level: Intermediate, the course is submitted for RACE approval and approval by the Belgian ‘Orde der Dierenartsen’

Date: Not applicable, this course is recorded and immediately available.

Course date:

  • Online course; immediately available and to be completed at your own pace.
  • Recorded lectures, interesting literature, quiz and handouts.

Price: € 37.50 + VAT, after registration you have immediate access to the course.
It is not allowed to share your personal login with other veterinarians. If you work in a practice with multiple vets please see our group discounts.

Discount: 10% discount for IVC Evidensia-employees. Log in with your Evidensia-mailaddress and find the discount code on Evi, the Dutch intranet under Support > Academy > Webinars > Webinar interne geneeskunde (Geert Paes).

Special group discount for multiple veterinarians from the same practice/clinic that wish to follow the same course:

  • 2 veterinarians from the same practice/clinic: 10% discount each
  • 3 veterinarians from the same practice/clinic : 20% discount each
  • 4 or more veterinarians from the same practice/clinic: 30% discount each

Special discount for interns: 30%

Please contact us at for the discount codes for groups or interns.


excl. BTW (inclusief digitale hand-out en notitie-materiaal)