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Veterinary medicines
Differing challenges of antimicrobial and anthelmintic resistance
  1. Fiona Lovatt
  1. Balmer House, Balmer Lane, Eggleston, Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 0AN
  1. e-mail: fiona{at}flockhealth.co.uk

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DESPITE growing media, political and public attention on antimicrobial resistance, vets should not lose focus on tackling anthelmintic resistance too. It is clear when antimicrobial resistance guidelines, such as the BVA's eight-point plan (BVA 2009), are compared to anthelmintic use guidelines, like those available from the Sustainable Control Of Parasites in Sheep initiative (SCOPS 2014), that the challenges and principles of tackling both are often directly comparable.

It is well known that livestock performance and productivity is detrimentally affected by worms and resistance is a widespread problem. Information collected from 62 sheep farms in south-west England suggests that between 38 per cent and 47 per cent of farms show evidence of resistance to all …

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