Antimicrobials

The responsible use of antimicrobials in veterinary practice is one of the very important issues currently being addressed by the BVA

Background

Antimicrobials are essential for the treatment and prevention of infectious and zoonotic diseases in both animals and humans.  The antimicrobials used in veterinary and human medicine are closely related but every use can increase the risk of development of microbial resistance.

The use of medicines in animals is fundamental to animal health and welfare as well as the safety of food products for the consumer derived from such animals: antimicrobials are no exception. The continued availability of all classes of existing antimicrobials and the development of new ones are essential for maintaining the wellbeing of both companion and food animals and a critical component for ensuring the safety of the human food supply.

The medical and veterinary communities share concerns over the implications of the development of microbial resistance.  To protect animal health responsible use of antimicrobials means reducing the need for antimicrobials and using them correctly.

What the BVA is doing about antimicrobial resistance

The BVA has issued guidance to veterinarians on the responsible use of antimicrobials as a poster for display on the walls of veterinary surgeries.

The poster is intended to increase awareness of resistance and as a reminder to veterinarians of the importance of responsible use.  It can also be displayed in practice waiting rooms to make clients aware of the problem and that they will only receive antibiotics for their animals when it's really necessary.

More detailed advice on the responsible use of antimicrobials can also be found on this website and through the links below.

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