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Antimicrobial use
Benchmarking antimicrobial use
  1. Fiona Lovatt,
  2. Christian Blake-Dyke,
  3. Elizabeth Berry,
  4. Mark White,
  5. Ronnie Soutar and
  6. Daniel Parker
  1. Sheep Veterinary Society, Bush Loan, Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 0PZ
  2. Poultry Health Services, Herriot House, Howton, Hereford HR2 0BG
  3. British Cattle Veterinary Association, Quedgeley, Gloucestershire GL2 2AP
  4. President, Pig Veterinary Society, West House, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 1PZ
  5. President, Fish Veterinary Society, Aqualife, 14 Beta Centre, Stirling University Innovation Park, StirlingFK9 4NF
  6. Slate Hall Veterinary Practice, Unit 28 Moorlands Trading Estate, Metheringham, Lincolnshire LN10 6YY
  1. e-mail: fiona{at}

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The mass used for each population corrected unit (mg/PCU) as a measure of antimicrobial use has its limitations. As suggested by James More (VR, October 14, 2017, vol 181, p 405) there is no doubt its use is more appropriate when considering national sales data and benchmarking antibiotic use on a national scale rather than at the level of individual farms.

The remit of the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) …

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