UK vets welcome WHO recommendations on antimicrobials use

07 November 2017

Prophylactic use of antimicrobials in healthy animals is never a substitute for good management

Responding to the
World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on antimicrobials, the British
Veterinary Association's Senior Vice President Gudrun Ravetz said:

“We welcome the WHO
continuing to tackle this serious global health issue. Their guidelines echo
the guidance BVA has long been issuing on the responsible use of

“We agree that the prophylactic use of
antimicrobials in healthy animals to prevent
disease is never a substitute for good animal husbandry and management.

“Through cross-sector
working, the UK is leading the way in significantly reducing antimicrobial
usage, having already achieved the UK Government usage targets set for 2020.

“Critically Important
Antimicrobials use is at a very low level in the UK, and, as recent Government
data shows, is continuing to decrease.

"It is encouraging that WHO recognises
that these vital medicines are sometimes needed, under veterinary judgment and
prescription, as a last resort, to prevent the further spread of disease and to
protect animal and human health.”

Download BVA's 7-point plan for the responsible use of antimicrobials in veterinary practice.