Antibiotic resistance and use in veterinary practice
SAVSNET is starting a PhD project to explore antibiotic resistance and use in Veterinary practice. The Chief Medical Officer has identified antibacterial resistance as a UK priority, clearly indicating a need for the veterinary sector to play its role. In the UK, the only data available are from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, which publishes the overall tonnage of antibacterial products sold in the UK, and where possible, the amounts sold for individual species. Over the next three years, this project will explore both resistance patterns in samples submitted for culture to diagnostic labs, and also how antibiotics are used in veterinary practice. This exciting project is co-funded by the Defra / VMD, SAVSNET and the University of Liverpool and builds on their collective expertise on antimicrobial use and resistance in animals and humans.