VetPartners report shows antibiotics drop

VetPartners says a report showing a steady reduction in the use of antibiotics across its practices will help its efforts to promote responsible use throughout the profession. Data collected in the VetPartners Antibiotic Stewardship Report 2022 shows each full-time equivalent (FTE) vet in the group prescribed an average 14.3% fewer antibiotics in the first six … Read more

Vet sector, charities and NHS join forces for antibiotic amnesty

Vet groups, associations and bodies across the sector have joined forces with NHS England (Midlands) for the first time on a pioneering campaign to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). An antibiotic amnesty has been taking place in November, overlapping with World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (18 to 24 November), with pet owners encouraged to return out-of-date and … Read more

Equine vets urged to do more routine testing before prescribing antimicrobials

More needs to be done to encourage the use of routine culture and sensitivity testing before antimicrobials are prescribed in equine practice, RVC researchers say. The call follows the publication of a new study, thought to be the first of its kind, examining the treatment of more than 60,000 equids registered at nearly 40 practices … Read more

Practice Profile: Pocket Nook Equine Vets, Cheshire

Staff: full-time own 1 • registered veterinary nurses 0 • practice administrators 0 Fees: initial consultation £45 To say the past year and a half has been an eventful period for new practice owner Emily Westwood would be something of an understatement. In chronological order, you encounter: graduated from The University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) … Read more

Tasmanian salmon farms used more than a tonne of antibiotics in 2022 disease outbreaks | Tasmania

More than a tonne of antibiotics was used to control a potentially deadly fish disease at two salmon farms in southern Tasmania earlier this year, but the companies and government made no public announcements at the time. Reports submitted to the Environment Protection Agency by Tassal and Huon Aquaculture revealed wild fish had scavenged antibiotic-laced … Read more

Food production antibiotic sales drop to record low

Vets and farmers have been praised for their efforts to curb antibiotic use after new figures showed sales for food production processes are at their lowest level since records began. Data from the UK Veterinary Antimicrobial Resistance and Sales Surveillance (VARSS) 2021 report, published by the VMD, revealed the volume of veterinary antibiotics sold for … Read more

Improving antibiotic use: the nurse’s role

Farm Vet Champions is a major collaborative project led by veterinary charity RCVS Knowledge. Launched in May 2021, Farm Vet Champions empowers veterinary teams to improve their antimicrobial use. Antimicrobial resistance is a major health issue affecting animals and people worldwide. Farm Vet Champions is hosted on RCVS Knowledge’s dedicated online learning platform, RCVS Knowledge … Read more

Idiopathic AHDS in dogs: treat with antibiotics or not?

Idiopathic acute haemorrhagic diarrhea syndrome (AHDS) – previously known as haemorrhagic gastroenteritis – remains the one disease where constant debate exists as to whether antibiotics should be used as part of the standard treatment. The logic behind using antibiotics to prevent bacterial translocation is sound, and if AHDS is truly initiated by Clostridium species or … Read more

Group’s new AMR lead looking to collaborate nationally with partners

An authority on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been appointed to Linnaeus’ clinical board and wants to work across the sector to tackle the problem. Fergus Allerton, European specialist in small animal internal medicine at Willows Veterinary Center and Referral Service, will now lead Linnaeus’ response to the threat of AMR. Study He has embraced a … Read more

Welsh vets deliver vital rabies protection to the Malawi community

A Welsh practice team has taken its skills to one of the world’s poorest countries to help reduce the spread of rabies there. Staff from the Mochdre Veterinary Practice in Conwy vaccinated hundreds of animals against the disease in just three days at the Illovo Sugar estate in Malawi. The work was carried out in … Read more