Antimicrobial agents are classified functionally according to the manner in which they adversely affect a microorganism some interfere with the synthesis of the bacterial cell wall this results in cell lysis because the contents of the bacterial cell are hypertonic and therefore under high osmotic pressure. The initial chapter devoted to the principles of chemotherapy is brief and well done however the text contains many omissions and frequent errors for instance the chapter devoted to properties toxicity actions and uses of antimicrobial agents omits any reference to diarrhea and. Antimicrobial agent a general term for drugs chemicals or other substances that either kill or slow the growth of microbes among the antimicrobial agents are antibacterial drugs antiviral agents antifungal agents and antiparasitic drugs. Antimicrobial resistance is a growing area of concern in both human and veterinary medicine this review presents an overview of the use of antimicrobial agents in animals for therapeutic metaphylactic prophylactic and growth promotion purposes
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