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Call for coordinated antimicrobial approach at veterinary diagnostic laboratories
  1. Fergus Allerton,
  2. John Fishwick,
  3. Susan Paterson,
  4. Renate Weller,
  5. Ian Battersby,
  6. Ronan Doyle,
  7. David Gould,
  8. Sarah Caddy,
  9. Mark Dunning,
  10. Heidi J. Featherstone,
  11. Jon Hardy,
  12. Andrew Kent,
  13. Brigite Pedro,
  14. Kinley Smith,
  15. Faye Swinbourne,
  16. James Harris,
  17. Christine Heinrich,
  18. Peri Lau-Gillard,
  19. Anette Loeffler,
  20. Rebecca Maddinson,
  21. Carly Mason,
  22. Ian Ramsey,
  23. Alison Ridyard,
  24. Louise Robin,
  25. Christopher Scudder,
  26. Mayank Seth,
  27. Simon Tappin,
  28. David Singleton,
  29. Heather Smith,
  30. Peter Southerden,
  31. James Warland,
  32. Martin Whitehead and
  33. John Williams
  1. Chairman, SAMSoc, c/o Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, Highlands Road, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands B90 4NH
  2. Senior Vice President, BVA, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ
  3. President, BSAVA, Woodrow House, 1 Telford Way, Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 2AB
  4. President, BEVA, Mulberry House, 31 Market St, Fordham, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 5LQ
  5. Davies Veterinary Specialists
  6. MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
  7. School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham
  8. The Ralph Veterinary Referral Centre
  9. Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service
  10. White Cross Vets
  11. Eye Veterinary Clinic
  12. Vale Referrals
  13. RVC
  14. Dragon Veterinary Centre
  15. Surrey
  16. University of Glasgow Small Animal Hospital
  17. Camlas Petcare Vets
  18. Southfields Veterinary Specialists
  19. Dick White Referrals
  20. Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network, University of Liverpool
  21. Woodcroft Referrals
  22. Eastcott Veterinary Clinic and Hospital
  23. University of Cambridge
  24. Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital
  25. Vets Now 24/7 Emergency and Specialty Hospital, Manchester
  1. email: fergus.allerton{at}

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Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major threat to human and animal health. Studies in human healthcare have demonstrated that antibiotic stewardship programmes (ASPs) can be successful in achieving a sustained reduction in antibiotic use and rates of bacterial drug-resistance without negatively impacting patient outcome. ASPs for vets have been developed that highlight best practice guidelines – examples include the BVA’s seven-point poster and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)/ Small Animal Medicine Society (SAMSoc) and British Equine Veterinary Association’s (BEVA) Protect Me posters.

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