CVO – work to be done on antimicrobial use

Nov 13, 2017

Latest UK Veterinary Antibiotic Resistance and Sales Surveillance figures show antimicrobial use in food-producing animals has decreased. UK CVO Nigel Gibbens has urged small animal practitioners to take “a hard look” at the way they prescribe antimicrobials, following the publication of the latest UK Veterinary Antibiotic Resistance and Sales Surveillance (VARSS) figures that show antimicrobial use in food-producing animals has fallen by more than 27% in the last two years – the lowest level since records began. A drop in usage from 62mg/kg in 2014 to 45mg/kg in 2016 means a Government target of 50mg/kg – set following recommendations in the 2016 O’Neill Review on antimicrobial resistance – has been hit two years ahead of schedule. While Prof Gibbens welcomed the reduction in usage of antimicrobials in the farming sector, he was quick to point out more work needed to be done, particularly in the companion and equine sector, where he said figures were “not great”. “We won’t forget we need to deal with that,” Prof Gibbens commented at the Responsible Use... ...

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