The network was originally set up under the name Résabo in 1982, and at that time only dealt with bacteria of bovine origin. Today, it monitors the antimicrobial resistance of most bacteria that induce infections in any animal species: primarily cattle, pigs and poultry, but also sheep, goats and domestic carnivores, for example.
The activities of Résapath are coordinated by the ANSES laboratories in Lyon and Ploufragan-Plouzané. These laboratories organise activities concerning determination of microbial resistance to antibiotics in order to coordinate the network’s public and private laboratories in the various départements.
The aims of the network are to provide methodological and scientific support to all stakeholders through training sessions, inter-laboratory proficiency testing, opinions and recommendations, reference guides, etc., to monitor trends concerning antimicrobial resistance in animal bacteria, to detect emerging bacteria, and to characterise molecular mechanisms of resistance.
Résapath is the only veterinary network that is a member of the National Observatory for Epidemiology of Bacterial Resistance to Antimicrobials (ONERBA) that brings together several networks in both general medical practice and hospital medicine. Its activities are thus always in line with current challenges in the field of antimicrobial resistance in humans, both nationally and internationally.
The network aims to promote a coordinated and integrated approach in its fields of interest. Through the expertise and day-to-day activities of its partners (veterinary prescribers and analysis laboratories), Résapath is an essential part of the monitoring system for animal antimicrobial resistance, and is a key partner for stakeholders in human antimicrobial resistance.