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Participatory approaches to encourage responsible use of antibiotics in livestock

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The increase of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing problem for human and animal health. Antimicrobials are widely used in food-producing animals, posing a potential risk for selection of AMR bacteria and transmission from animals to humans as well as a reduction of the effectiveness of antimicrobials for treatment across species. A group of researchers at the Bristol Veterinary School (the AMR Force) have mobilised resources and inspired and enacted change in antimicrobial use on farms and in veterinary prescribing practices through a plurality of approaches. Initiatives include developing an antimicrobial stewardship policy with veterinarians and Waitrose dairy farmers, involving farmers in peer-to-peer learning approaches to share best practice in antimicrobial stewardship, training veterinarians (through BCVA ) and farmers across a number of veterinary practices on responsible antimicrobial use, and informing industry and legislative bodies (AHDB Dairy, Dairy UK, RUMA , CHaWG, the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and Defra) on appropriate interventions to improve health and reduce antimicrobial use in the livestock sector.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminar Programme, Department of Veterinary Medicine series.

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