The rapidly-growing importance of antimicrobial use and misuse is a global concern and high on the agenda of both veterinary and medical professions in the UK.
- Tackling drug-resistant infections globally: final report and recommendations - Review published in May 2016. The UK Government commissioned the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust in July 2014 [available online, accessed 27/6/2016]
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- A joint symposium ‘Antimicrobial resistance in human and veterinary medicine – one health, one problem?’ between RCVS, Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists, in association with the Health Protection Agency, and part funded by us, took place in October 2012 [available online acessed 27/6/2016]
Advice and guidance
- Bayer Animal Health published an educational guide for small animal vets - Your antimicrobial guide: getting under the surface of antimicrobial resistance, written by Simon Tappin MRCVS [PDF 6.8 MB, last accessed 1/7/2016]
- The RUMA (The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agricultural Alliance) guidelines for the responsible use of antimicrobials in poultry and game production, pig production, cattle production, dry cow management, sheep production, fish production, veterinary practice: the 8 point plan [last accessed 15/9/2015]
- Federation of Veterinarians of Europe. Antibiotic resistance & prudent use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine [last accessed 15/9/2015]
References of interest
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Image: This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Scott Bauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture.