The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe has published leaflets on the responsible use of antimicrobials in advance of expected proposals from the European Commission on the future use of veterinary medicines.

Just one of the two leaflets published by the FVE to advise vets on the use of antimicrobialsLeaflets have been launched to offer guidance to vets and animal owners on the responsible use of antimicrobials.

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) has published the two leaflets in advance of expected proposals from the European Commission on the future use of veterinary medicines.

Entitled ‘How we can safeguard antimicrobials now and for the future and how to use antimicrobials responsibly: advice for veterinarians’, the leaflets have been welcomed by the BVA.

BVA president-elect, Peter Harlech Jones, chaired the FVE working group that drafted the guides.

He said: “Antimicrobial resistance is a very serious problem for both human and animal health. Preserving the efficacy of antimicrobials for use in people is vital, but the fact remains that they are also needed to treat animals.

“Antibiotics are a vital tool in our armoury to combat animal diseases and the veterinary profession must ensure they are used prudently and responsibly if we are to avoid a crisis.”

Mr Jones added: “Thanks to our European colleagues, we now have two short, easy-to-read leaflets summarising crucial guidance, where we reiterate a clear message for responsible use. In both the human and veterinary worlds we must use these vital medicines responsibly, or risk losing them completely.”

The leaflets can be accessed by visiting FVE’s website

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