28 April 2017
This year's World Veterinary Day will focus on AMR
A ‘One Health' initiative, led by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), to promote ways of reducing the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals and humans has been shortlisted for the Antibiotic Guardian Award 2017.
BVA, in partnership with the British Medical Association (BMA), Public Health England (PHE) and Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), launched the ‘One Health' poster to mark European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) in November 2016. Designed for both vets' and doctors' practice waiting rooms, the poster aims to highlight how responsible use of antibiotics is necessary in both human and veterinary medicines to ensure a drug's continued effectiveness in treating illnesses.
The announcement of shortlisted candidates comes days before this year's World Veterinary Day (29 April 2017), which for 2017 focuses on antimicrobial resistance and the ways veterinary professionals can promote responsible use of antibiotics not only in their own profession, but to clients as well.
British Veterinary Association President Gudrun Ravetz said:
“We are honoured to be shortlisted for the Antibiotic Guardian Awards 2017, acknowledging the great work being driven forward by the veterinary profession to tackle AMR. Increased collaboration between health sectors is crucial to properly address this global concern so it was fantastic to work with other leading veterinary and human medical organisations to create and disseminate our poster; ensuring positive steps are being taken across human and animal health to preserve these essential drugs for future generations.”
The Antibiotic Guardian Award 2017 winners will be announced at a ceremony on 8 June 2017 at Imperial College, London.
To download a copy of the antibiotic poster please visit www.bva.co.uk/antimicrobials.