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BASIC principles for the responsible use of antimicrobials in animals are set out in a recent position statement from the World Veterinary Association (WVA). In the statement, which was adopted by the WVA council on July 20, the WVA says that the availability and use of antimicrobials for animals is essential to ensure animal health and welfare, but acknowledges that there is a risk that, as with their use in people, the inappropriate use of antimicrobials in animals may contribute to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
The WVA notes that AMR is an issue of global concern and says that decisions on how to manage it should be based on a risk:benefit analysis. The outcomes of risk management decisions should be measurable, it says, and should be reviewed periodically to determine whether any action taken as a result …