today's European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2010, the British
Veterinary Association is warning veterinary surgeons in the UK that failure
to use antimicrobials responsibly could result in their use being restricted.
The BVA promotes the responsible use of antimicrobials and last year published
a poster and guidance for vets: 'Responsible use of antimicrobials in
veterinary practice: the 8-point plan'. According to the association, the poster received very positive
feedback from across the UK
and from the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE).
regarding resistance to antimicrobials and antibiotics span both the human and
animal medicine fields and in 2008 the Chief Medical Officer called for a ban
on the use of certain types of antibiotics in animals in order to protect their
activity in humans.
some EU Member States already restrict the availability of antimicrobials to
veterinary surgeons and adopt a strict formulary approach to the medicines that they
can prescribe. The BVA says it is concerned that this trend will reach the UK and the
freedom of vets to prescribe according to their clinical judgement will be
Harvey Locke, President of the BVA, said: "Antimicrobial
resistance is an enormous problem for both human and animal health. As
veterinary surgeons we have a duty to use these medicines responsibly for the
good of animal health and welfare as well as public health.
poster on responsible use should be displayed in veterinary practices across
as a constant reminder, and I would urge all vets to refer to it.
heed the message of responsible use could result in vets losing the right to
prescribe certain medicines, which could have a significant impact on animal
health and welfare.
Antibiotic Awareness Day our message to vets is clear: use them responsibly or
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