Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA—The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute has published VET03, Methods for Antimicrobial Broth Dilution and Disk Diffusion Susceptibility Testing of Bacteria Isolated From Aquatic Animals, 2nd Edition and its supplement, VET04, Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing of Bacteria Isolated From Aquatic Animals, 3rd Edition.
The VET03 guideline describes broth dilution and disk diffusion, and it includes a series of procedures to standardize the way the tests are performed on different groups of aquatic bacteria. The supplemental VET04 tables used with this guideline represent the most current information for antimicrobial agent selection, interpretation, and QC using the procedures described in VET03.
Chairholder of VET03 and VET04, Brian V. Lubbers, DVM, PhD, DACVCP, said,
“CLSI documents VET03 and VET04 outline the standards for performing and interpreting antimicrobial susceptibility testing for clinically-significant aquaculture pathogens. These documents have been updated and reorganized with the end-user in mind, with input from global experts in aquatic medicine. CLSI VET03 and VET04 are must-have documents for any laboratory supporting clinical diagnostics or antimicrobial resistance surveillance efforts in aquaculture.”
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