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Antimicrobial Stewardship Awards (Farm, Equine and Companion Animal)

Sheep pictureThe RCVS Knowledge Awards for Antimicrobial Stewardship showcases practical examples where individuals and/or teams are improving responsible antimicrobial prescribing. The awards are open to anyone who works within the veterinary industry, including those from a practice setting, educators and students from under and postgraduate education. Applicants can be from farm animal, equine and companion animal settings.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate how they have used the resources available via rcvsknowledge.org/AMR to result in measurable improvements in the responsible use of antimicrobials.

We are particularly interested in applications that demonstrate the application of the 'Plan, Prevent, Protect' mantra. More information on this is available here.

What are the awards for?

The awards aim to recognise those individuals and teams who are driving continuous improvements in responsible antimicrobial use. Applicants should be able to demonstrate how they have used the resources available via rcvsknowledge.org/AMR to result in measurable improvements in the responsible use of antimicrobials.

Applications could, for example,

  • Encompass a strategic approach across a large practice group or across a geographical area,
  • Demonstrate how the applicant/s have measured antimicrobial usage and improved prudent use of antimicrobials with an organisation
  • Demonstrate the measurable improvements they have seen in their antimicrobial use because of embedding the 'Plan, Prevent, Protect' ethos.
  • Highlight how they/the team/their organisation have/has promoted stewardship within their community and should include the methods that they used to do this.
  • Students could show how they are championing antimicrobial stewardship as part of their education educators could demonstrate how they are teaching the principles of 'Plan, Prevent, Protect' to promote antimicrobial stewardship to better equip students for practice, and the impact that this is having.

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Who is eligible for these awards

The awards are open to anyone within the veterinary industry and veterinary education field. This includes those from a practice setting, for example, from the administration team, veterinary nurses, practice managers and surgeons at all levels. The awards are also open to students and educators.

We encourage anyone applying the principles of evidence-based veterinary medicine, and undertaking high-quality Quality Improvement, in the area of antimicrobial stewardship to enter.

Applicants can be from farm animal, equine and companion animal settings and should be able to demonstrate how they have used the resources available via rcvsknowledge.org/AMR to result in measurable improvements in the responsible use of antimicrobials.

We are particularly interested in applications:

  • that demonstrate the application of the 'Plan, Prevent, Protect' mantra. More information on this is available here.
  • from Farm Vet Champions who are leading their team to use the SMART Goals platform to convert their Farm Vet Champion CPD into actionable improvements in responsible prescribing.

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What will my application be assessed against?

Applications are blinded and assessed by a panel of reviewers. The panel uses the following criteria to score applications. All applications must have the best interests of animal health and welfare at its heart.

The application should be well articulated, and should demonstrate:

  • A commitment to antimicrobial stewardship
  • The use of evidence-based approaches
  • A learning culture
  • Leadership for a whole team approach
  • The use of antimicrobial stewardship techniques for excellence in care, evidenced by improvements (or lessons in how to achieve improvements).
     

For applications from a teaching setting, we are assessing how well students are equipped to apply these skills in a practice setting.

For those from a practice setting, we are particularly interested in applications that demonstrate how antimicrobial stewardship has been embedded as part of business-as-usual (it is “the way we do things”, rather than an add-on to the day job).

The case example, which is included as part of the application, should inspire others within the veterinary professions towards a culture of continuous improvement in antimicrobial stewardship.

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What happens if my application is selected as a winner?

Successful applicants will become RCVS Knowledge Awards winners. They will have the opportunity to work with RCVS Knowledge to promote and share their experiences in antimicrobial stewardship. This promotion might include presenting at a conference, sharing experiences through our social media, podcasts and interviews, and even publishing their findings in a journal such as Veterinary Evidence

RCVS Knowledge Awards winners will receive a £250 prize and are invited to attend an awards ceremony (either online or in-person) and will be reimbursed up to £200 towards reasonable travel costs to attend the event at which this ceremony is held. If a winning application was made for a practice – rather than an individual – then a representative will be invited to attend the awards ceremony.

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Suggested application topics

Potential topics that you could base your application on might include the following:

  • Changing diagnostic behaviours in practice to reduce target antimicrobial prescribing
  • Audit practice prescribing or usage of antimicrobials
  • Focus on reducing antimicrobial prescribing of Critically Important High Priority Antimicrobials (those of specific importance to human health)
  • Creation of disease or condition protocols to improve and unify practice approaches to antimicrobial use
  • Promotion of antimicrobial stewardship within the community, with clients and farmers
  • Measures taken to improve patient environments with infection prevention and control practices in mind.
  • Running knowledge exchange events with clients on responsible antimicrobial use behaviours.
  • Students integrating antimicrobial stewardship into their education, such as performing antimicrobial prescribing audits, drawing up clinical guidelines or other techniques.

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Applications and Nominations
Closing dates

Applications and nominations must be received by 13 January 2023.

Winners will be notified in July 2023.

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Want to know more about VetTeamAMR?
  • Visit our AMR Hub on our website to find freely accessible, evidence-based knowledge and resources about responsible antimicrobial use. With over 42 hours of CPD, teams can access this information and embed good antimicrobial stewardship in practice.
  • We have been working with veterinary teams to create step-by-step guides, templates, case examples, podcasts and courses specifically in the areas of: clinical auditbenchmarking,  Visit our dedicated tools and resources page to see them all.
  • Farm Vet Champions, available on our updated e-learning platform, offers over 20 hours of CPD in an easily digestible format.
  • Our SMART Goals online tool is available to all Farm Vet Champions users to work together towards responsible use of antimicrobials. Find out more information here.
  • Access our Antimicrobial Audit Tool
  • Stay up-to-date with new tools as they become available by signing up to our newsletter.

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