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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Bayer: visit website
DOPHARMA: visit website
ELANCO: visit website
MSD : visit website
ORION: visit website
ZOETIS : visit website
All of our members report into the EMA’s European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) report annually:Visit website
Also, all members report into the CEESA programme - a unique pan-European programme of monitoring resistance in foodborne and veterinary pathogens:More information
Annual report on the use of antibiotics (DIMDI/BVL)Visit Website
VETMAP monitors resistant bacteria relevant to the veterinary industry
Polish Veterinary Institute – Polish Research Institute in Pulawy collects data on antibiotic use from veterinary practitioners and breeders.
Surveillance of pathogenic data on AMR - VISAVET.Visit Website
System for the collection of antibiotic prescriptions for food producing animals : PRESVETVisit Website
Official antibiotic resistance monitoring programme GERM-vetVisit Website
SWEDRES|SVARM on consumption of antibiotics and occurrence of antibiotic resistance.Visit Website
UK VARSS covers veterinary antibiotic resistance and sales surveillance.Visit Website