Antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of bacterial isolates from horses

The University of Sydney

  • Project code: PRJ-003748

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Friday, January 22, 2010

  • Project completion date: Friday, May 30, 2014

  • National Priority: HOR-Thoroughbred diseases and parasites


This project aims to use both retrospective and prospective approaches to investigate the most common types of bacteria that cause disease in horses in Australia and the antimicrobial drug susceptibility patterns of these bacteria.
This project will also investigate the evidence for the development of antimicrobial drug resistance in bacterial pathogens of equine origin by comparing susceptibility patterns over time.


Thoroughbred Horses

Research Organisation

The University of Sydney

Objective Summary

1.Identification of the most common bacterial isolates from various sites of culture, specific age groups and particular disease processes in horses;
2.Identification of the antimicrobial susceptibilities of the common disease producing bacteria in horses;
3.Identification of changes in the antimicrobial susceptibility of bacteria isolated from equine diseases to commonly used antimicrobial agents over time.
4. The development of empirical guidelines for antimicrobial therapy in horses in Australia based on disease process and age group.