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Susceptibility testing during lambing season
  1. Jennifer Duncan,
  2. Dorina Timofte,
  3. Dai Grove-White and
  4. Joseph Angell
  1. Institute of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool, Leahurst Campus, Neston, Wirral, Cheshire CH64 7TE
  2. Wern Veterinary Surgeons, Department of Research and Innovation, Unit 11, Lon Parcwr Industrial Estate, Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 1NJ
  1. email: jsduncan{at}

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We write to remind colleagues of the importance of undertaking antimicrobial culture and susceptibility testing to inform antimicrobial prescribing practices for watery mouth disease in neonatal lambs this lambing season.

In the 2018 lambing season we undertook a survey of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) profiles of Escherichia coli bacteria cultured from postmortem tissues from lambs with watery mouth disease.

This suggests anti-microbial resistance to commonly used antibiotics in farm animals is to be expected

Across all farms (n=9), the highest proportion of resistant E coli isolates were found …

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