BHC Newsletter Spring FINAL

WHAT IS THE FARMER’S ROLE IN TACKLING AMR?

FOLLOW THE ABOVE STEPS BELOW TO KEEP ANTIBIOTICS WORKING, IT’S RIGHT FOR YOUR ANIMALS, RIGHT FOR YOU, RIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILY, RIGHT FOR YOUR FARM AND RIGHT FOR YOUR COMMUNITY

Six R’s The “six rights” should be applied in prescribing and using antibiotics:

1. Right veterinary diagnosis; Accurate diagnosis is essential to identify if an animal is suffering from a bacterial infection that will benefit from treatment with an antibiotic. Veterinary practitioners are best placed to make this decision. 2. Right animal; only the animal that has a bacterial disease should be treated with an antibiotic. 3. Right Veterinary Medicine; Antibiotics should only be used when absolutely necessary, and when the vet has diagnosed that there is a bacterial disease present. The antibiotic chosen for treatment should be effective to treat against the particular bacteria causing the disease. Bacterial isolates should ideally be tested for antibiotic resistance in the laboratory to ensure the chosen antibiotic will work. 4. Right dose; Antimicrobials should be administered as per the instructions on the prescription. Animal weights should be estimated as accurately as possible. Underdosing animals accelerates the rate of resistance development. 5. Right duration; antibiotics should be given as directed by the veterinary practitioner. Do not stop the course prematurely as this will not fully treat the disease and may result in resistance to this antibiotic in the future. 6. Right storage and disposal; All medicines should be stored according to the manufacturer’s instructions in order to maintain their efficacy. All out-of-date medicines, containers and application equipment (including needles to a sharps container) should be placed in appropriate clinical waste containers. Antibiotics should never be disposed of with domestic rubbish or poured down the drain or toilet as this leads to development of resistant bacteria in the environment.

A ‘Code of Good Practice Regarding the Responsible Prescribing and Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals’ was launched in November 2018, click here to view. The development of and spread of AMR is a challenge for public and animal health into the future, we all have a role to play in keeping antibiotics effective for future generations.

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