Guidance

Guidelines and guidance on the responsible use of veterinary medicines

Guidelines and guidance for vets, farmers and animal keepers on the responsible use of antimicrobials.

This list brings together links to guidance and guidelines on responsible use of antimicrobials in animals. It covers information produced by government and animal health organisations.

List of guidelines and guidance on the responsible use of antimicrobials in animals

Links correct as of: February 2018 – if you find a link no longer works, or you would like to add to this list please email: darc@vmd.defra.gsi.gov.uk

British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
Dairy Practical guide to avoiding milk antibiotic residues April 2014

British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
Horses ‘Protect Me’ resources Unknown

British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
All BSAVA prescribing cascade guidelines March 2014
Small animals Position statement on the responsible use of antibacterials Unknown
Small animals PROTECT material (information to support practices in discussing and drawing up practice guidelines on responsible antibacterial use) Unknown
Small animals Clinical Conundrum: A case of alopecia, crusts and pruritus in a young Great Dane Unknown
Small animals How to use antibiotics in surgical patients Unknown
Small animals BSAVA Guide to the Use of Veterinary Medicines - including prescribing, supplying and dispensing procedures and general responsible use Unknown
Small animals A ‘Guide to the Guidelines’ Unknown
Small animals Antibacterials and antibacterial resistance Unknown
Small animals Antiparasitic resistance Unknown

British Veterinary Association (BVA)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
All Guidance and resources regarding antimicrobial use in veterinary practice Unknown
Companion Animals Client Leaflet: Your role as a pet owner when using antibiotics November 2013
Farm animals Client Leaflet: Your role as a farmer when using antibiotics November 2013

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
Livestock Guidance document on Responsible Use of Antimicrobials in Livestock November 2014

European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals (EPRUMA)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
Food producing Factsheet and flow diagram to explain the cascade procedure November 2011
All Poster: responsible use of medicines in animals - what does it mean? May 2012

Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
Companion Animals Antibiotic Use Guidelines for Companion Animal Practice October 2014
Companion Animals Necessary vs unnecessary antimicrobial use addressed via flow diagram: ‘Should I use antimicrobials in this patient?’ October 2014
Companion Animals Key recommendations for hygiene and infection control in veterinary practice October 2014
Companion Animals Recommendations for appropriate antimicrobial therapy October 2014

Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
All National guidelines and FVE leaflets on responsible use of antimicrobials Unknown

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
All Advice booklet: Safe use of veterinary medicines by animal handlers August 2012

National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
Cattle Leaflet outlining responsible use of antimicrobials in cattle - including advice on responsible prescribing, treatment records, medicine storage & disposal Unknown
Sheep Guidelines on Sheep Medicines and Prescribing Practices Unknown

National Office of Animal Health (NOAH)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
All Responsible Use of Antibiotics May 2016
All Antibiotics for Animal Health and Welfare: An Overview May 2016
All Responsible Use of Animal Medicines May 2016
All Antibiotic Resistance May 2016

Pig Veterinary Society (PVS)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
Pigs Document outlining prescribing principles for antimicrobials and recommending a 2-part approach to minimise risk of AMR transfer January 2016
Pigs Best Practice Guide to Antibiotic Usage Review on Pig Farms October 2015

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
All Guidelines for veterinary medicines - including prescription and supply guidelines, choice of medicinal products, the prescribing cascade and AMR October 2017

Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
Poultry and game Responsible use of Antimicrobials in Poultry and Game Production April 2014
Pigs Responsible use of Antimicrobials in Pig Production November 2013
Cattle Responsible Use of Antimicrobials in Cattle Production May 2015
Dairy Responsible Use of Antimicrobials in Dry Cow Management April 2015
Sheep Responsible use of Antimicrobials in Sheep Production October 2004
Fish Responsible use of Antimicrobials in Fish Production July 2007
All Responsible Use of Antimicrobials in Veterinary Practice: the 7-point plan 2015

Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
Sheep Sustainable Worm Control Strategies For Sheep (detailed document) - Chapter 6, p.33, lays out the SCOPS Guidelines for anthelmintic use & worm control in sheep June 2012

Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
All Information and resources on the government’s plans to slow the growth of antimicrobial resistance November 2017
All Code of Practice on the responsible use of animal medicines on farms December 2014
All Responsible antibiotic use under the prescribing cascade August 2014
All LA-MRSA: information for people who work with livestock and in abattoirs November 2015
All Handling of manure and slurry to reduce antibiotic resistance August 2016

World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
All The OIE Strategy on Antimicrobial Resistance and the Prudent Use of Antimicrobials November 2016

World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)

Species Summary of Guidance and Associated Web-link Review Date
Dogs and cats Guidelines for the vaccination of dogs and cats January 2016
Published 22 July 2016
Last updated 19 February 2018 + show all updates
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