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THE BVA has welcomed the final report of the Review of Antimicrobial Resistance, which was published last week (VR, May 21, 2016, vol 178, pp 514, 515-516). The review, which was chaired by economist Jim O'Neill, made a range of recommendations for actions to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) globally, including measures to reduce the ‘extensive and unnecessary use of antibiotics in agriculture’.
Among the measures proposed was the setting of global targets to reduce antibiotic use in animals. Responding to the report on May 19, the BVA noted that it was opposed to the introduction of arbitrary, non-evidence-based targets, because such targets risked restricting vets' ability to treat animal diseases, which could have serious …