Veterinary Antibiotics in Animal Diet: Effects on Waste/Environment

  • Lizbeth E. Robles Jimenez
  • Juan C. Angeles Hernandez
  • Jorge Osorio Avalos
  • Xunde Li
  • Edward Rob Atwill
  • Octavio Castelan Ortega
  • Manuel Gonzalez RonquilloEmail author
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Part of the Reference Series in Phytochemistry book series (RSP)


Residues of veterinary antibiotics in the environment pose a risk for aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. The degradation of antibiotics in the environment has not been fully characterized in spite of the long periods of persistence of residues in the environment. This chapter reviews the main antibiotics found in water bodies and on land as well as its effects on microbial communities, along with some strategies that have been proposed by global organizations to control the use of antibiotics in the livestock production industry.


Veterinary antibiotic Pollution Environmental Residues 



This study was supported by the Red de Investigación en cambio climático, producción y salud del ganado bovino, and UAEM-CA-193-Ciencia e Innovación Tecnológica Pecuaria. Miss Robles Jimenez and Angeles Hernandez held a grant from the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACyT).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lizbeth E. Robles Jimenez
    • 1
  • Juan C. Angeles Hernandez
    • 1
  • Jorge Osorio Avalos
    • 1
  • Xunde Li
    • 2
  • Edward Rob Atwill
    • 2
  • Octavio Castelan Ortega
    • 1
  • Manuel Gonzalez Ronquillo
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Departamento de Nutricion Animal, Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y ZootecniaUniversidad Autonoma del Estado de MexicoTolucaMexico
  2. 2.Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, School of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of California DavisDavisUSA

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