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Time to ‘think smart’ on anthelmintic use

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By Adele Waters

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) must begin to regulate the use of anthelmintics.

That is the view of equine vet David Rendle, a council member of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

Speaking at this year’s National Equine Forum earlier this month, he said the veterinary profession and equine industry had recognised the need to cut anthelmintic use for years, but horse owners had failed to get sufficiently on board.

With ‘armageddon on the horizon’, it was now time to take more radical steps to safeguard existing worming treatments for the future.

‘I think our regulators have to think laterally,’ he said. ‘They have to be proactive, and have to embrace this challenge.

‘I know the view is shared by a lot of healthcare professionals that we aren’t going to see real change unless we have some degree of regulation, some degree of restriction on prescribing, in addition to some voluntary behaviour change. …

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