Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Prescribing antibiotics in small animals practices

Statistics from

It is important as a profession that we demonstrate our continued commitment to antibiotic stewardship. To help in this process, we are launching a free service to allow practitioners to benchmark their own antibiotic prescription against other veterinary practices.

Recent publications have used electronic health records to describe antibiotic prescription in large sentinel networks of small animal veterinary practices in the UK (Buckland and others 2016, Singleton and others 2017). A consistent theme of these studies is the varied prescribing of a select group of ‘highest priority critically important antibiotics’ (fluoroquinolones and third generation cephalosporins). Although mostly authorised for animal use, these antibiotics should only be used when ‘there are no alternative antibiotics authorised for the respective target species and indication’ (European Medicines Agency 2014). Their prescription is consistently more …

View Full Text

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.