Health for future generations

Antibiotic resistance is a recognised global health concern, affecting both people and animals.

A precious resource for protecting our health and that of our animals, antibiotics must be used responsibly in order to preserve their effectiveness for future generations. Antibiotics will remain essential to the veterinary toolbox for the foreseeable future and attempts to raise animals without using antibiotics when they get sick, may compromise their welfare and have an impact on farm sustainability. We must also consider the need for these important tools to remain available for vets to treat our pets when they get sick. This is why AnimalhealthEurope and its membership have been proactively taking action against the challenge of antibiotic resistance through their Responsible Use stewardship, advocating that antibiotics should be used as little as possible, as much as necessary.


Overarching all our actions we promote a sustained dialogue with all parties involved, taking into consideration human and animal health, and environmental impact. Protecting health while maintaining sustainable animal production to secure a healthy and affordable food supply is best ensured through this unified One Health approach.

Dialogue with authorities:

AnimalhealthEurope’s national association members have regular dialogue with local authorities with some countries having established agreements on antibiotic use and action plans for addressing antibiotic resistance.

Dialogue with stakeholders:

Exchanges with vets, farmers, manufacturers of animal medicines, feed manufacturers, authorities, retailers and other professionals with a link to animal health through stakeholder platforms create long-lasting impact.

  • Guidance

    Ensuring responsible use of antibiotics can be supported by providing clear guidance for the correct use of antibiotics: “as little as possible as much as necessary”.

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    National association members:

    Responsible use guidelines published by national authorities and developed with industry input. visit website

    Under the umbrella of the German Veterinary Society, industry has provided input for scientific guidance on responsible use, etc. visit website


    Contributed to and supported development of national guidelines for responsible use of antibiotics, currently being finalised.

    Italian edition of EPRUMA responsible use guidance supported by breeders, animal feed industry and veterinary associations, and promoted at events.


    Responsible Use guides by species developed with Vet Responsable platform: visit website

    Spanish edition of EPRUMA responsible use guidance widely supported by Spanish Medicines Agency, Ministry of Agriculture, Feed industry, Cooperatives and the Council of Vets colleges: visit website


    A three-step blueprint to promote responsible animal health and welfare across the UK.visit website

    Company members:

    CEVA:GRAM: Guidance for the Rational use of AntiMicrobials with disease fact sheets. visit website

    Bayer: Principles for the Responsible Use of Fluoroquinolones in Veterinary Medicine: visit website

  • National association members:

    At the launch of the new edition of Veterindustria´s product compendium Gui@vet, the association hosted a web seminar on responsible use of antimicrobials with more than 1000 veterinarians registered.

    In collaboration with the Spanish Medicines Agency and the Board of Deans of Spanish Veterinary Faculties, training has been given on responsible use at all Veterinary Faculties and will be rolled out further in Veterinary University Hospitals.


    NOAH has developed an Animal Medicines Best Practice programme, available through the e-learning platform Lantra. This provides training on the responsible use of antibiotics via an e-learning portal for farmers and resources for vets to use with their farmer clients. visit website

    Company members:
    • Offer one-to-one vet and farmer trainings
    • Organise info days on responsible use of medicines


    Encouraging better disease prevention by sharing our knowledge with farmers, vets and pet owners helps to reduce the need to use antibiotics by improving animal health through vaccination, hygiene practices, biosecurity measures and good nutrition.

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  • Investment

    Investing in development of innovative products for preventing and treating animal diseases as well as diagnostics and supporting their wide availability to vets can help to safeguard our health solutions for future generations.

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    National association members:

    Organisation of regular ‘R&D dating’ sessions to exchange with research organisations, technology platforms and academia on the latest animal health innovations. visit website


    Active public-private partnership Vet+i promotes R&D within an interdisciplinary forum integrating relevant stakeholders from academia, research, farmers, veterinarians, industry, regulators, etc. As the Spanish Technology Platform for Animal Health it serves to facilitate networking and accelerate the development and delivery of tools for controlling animal diseases. visit website

    Company members:
    • New vaccine development – Since 2016 around 20 new vaccines have been approved for use in EU markets
    • Improvements in formulation of products to allow for better infection control
    • Research and development of bacteriophages
    • Active R&D programmes into the prevention and treatment of infectious disease in a wide range of different species using novel non-traditional approaches
    • Active diagnostic R&D programmes including ‘lab on a chip’ approaches
    • Projects dedicated to developing alternatives to antibiotics
    • Further development of tools to support improved: biosecurity; nutrition; animal health management planning; husbandry techniques; etc.
  • National association members:

    Poster campaigns during Antibiotic Awareness Week. visit website


    Webpage with antibiotic information. visit website


    Hosted by the French authorities a webpage outlines the Ecoantibio Plan and campaign overview. visit website


    Development and wide promotion of joint position paper carrying the responsible use message: “Quanto serve, quando serve”.


    Webpage hosting the Responsible Use leaflet.visit website

    Webpage with responsible use fact cards: visit website

    Posters by species on Responsible Use: visit website
    Promotion of Responsible Use during events and via social media: visit website
    Dedicated webpage with all support materials on responsible antibiotic use: visit website
    Company members:
    • Websites
    • Social media campaigns
    • Poster campaigns
    • Stewardship programmes

    Bayer: visit website

    DOPHARMA: visit website

    ELANCO: visit website

    MSD : visit website

    ORION: visit website

    ZOETIS : visit website


    Promoting awareness and increasing knowledge on the challenges of antibiotic resistance helps to ensure better understanding of what is at stake and what different parties can do to play their part.

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Data collection

Guiding future policy on addressing antibiotic resistance is best supported with a firm foundation of harmonised data collection, monitoring and surveillance. Ensure maximised use of data collected to improve understanding and provide evidence-based insights for policy-making.

All of our members report into the EMA’s European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) report annually:

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Also, all members report into the CEESA programme - a unique pan-European programme of monitoring resistance in foodborne and veterinary pathogens:

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Various national data collection programmes exist and our members actively provide data as well as performing surveillance of resistance to member’s own molecules.
  • Denmark


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  • Finland


  • Germany

    Annual report on the use of antibiotics (DIMDI/BVL)

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  • Netherlands

    VETMAP monitors resistant bacteria relevant to the veterinary industry

  • Norway


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  • Poland

    Polish Veterinary Institute – Polish Research Institute in Pulawy collects data on antibiotic use from veterinary practitioners and breeders.

  • Spain

    Surveillance of pathogenic data on AMR - VISAVET.

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    System for the collection of antibiotic prescriptions for food producing animals : PRESVET

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  • Official antibiotic resistance monitoring programme GERM-vet

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  • Sweden

    SWEDRES|SVARM on consumption of antibiotics and occurrence of antibiotic resistance.

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  • UK

    UK VARSS covers veterinary antibiotic resistance and sales surveillance.

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From the north of Europe to the south, farmers along with the support of their vets are taking responsibility and only using antibiotics as little as possible as much as necessary.

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