FVE releases “Responsible use of antimicrobials” leaflets

(28.09.2012) The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe publishes new leaflets on responsible use of antimicrobials. Two short, easy-to-read leaflets summarise crucial guidance.

Animal owners, policymakers and other persons interested in the use of antimicrobials can find out more on “How we can safeguard antimicrobials now and for the future”; Veterinarians can download the guide on “How to use antimicrobials responsibly: advice for veterinarians”.

“To assure the health and welfare of people and animals, now and in the future, it is imperative that we safeguard the efficacy of antimicrobials. This goal can only be achieved if everyone involved in human and animal health joins forces: veterinarians and animal owners, medical doctors and patients, policymakers, etc...” says Dr Christophe Buhot, FVE president.

“To keep people and animals safe, we want to raise general awareness of this important issue. We also wish to support veterinarians in keeping up to standards and helping them in conveying the key message to animal owners” he adds.

Antimicrobials are essential tools for ensuring the health of people and animals and their continuous availability and effectiveness is a fundamental issue.

In the framework of the “Prevention is better than cure” motto, animal owners and veterinarians must work together to reduce the need to use antimicrobials.

Therefore antimicrobials shall always be prescribed only by veterinarians and after examination and diagnosis of the animals.

“How to use antimicrobials responsibly: advice for veterinarians” and “How we can safeguard antimicrobials now and for the future” aim to help veterinarians and policymakers play their part in controlling antimicrobials effectively.

FVE is a long-standing advocate of responsible antimicrobial use. Recent FVE initiatives include a large international conference on antimicrobials last November. FVE together with the heads of national and EU Medicines Agencies also did a survey on veterinary prescription behaviour.

“FVE is committed to ensuring veterinarians continue to use antimicrobials in a judicious and responsible manner. These new leaflets are a part of this,” says Dr Buhot.

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