Antibiotic resistance focus included in high profile animal welfare forum

The issues surrounding antibiotic resistance are to be debated during a public session of next week’s Animal Welfare Foundation’s (AWF) annual discussion forum.

Due to be held on Monday, June 8, in London, the forum programme includes a slot headed: “Antibiotic resistance, the real world view”. The issue will be addressed by speakers from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate as well as food animal and companion animal vets.

The forum is a high profile event, attracting interest from across the animal care and welfare industries with a keynote focus this year on how “loopholes” in animal welfare legislation could be the cause for a rise in unwanted, neglected and sick animals. This issue will be covered during a discussion headed: “Bursting at the seams: population management issues” with vets suggesting that the Government is failing to put in place measures to control and regulate on indiscriminate breeding as well as the sale and importation of animals.

While clearly focused on the companion animal sector, the issue is putting pressure on the whole veterinary industry with “extensive evidence showing that despite animal charities highlighting and attempting to tackle over-population, the situation is getting worse”.

Other topics in the forum programme are:

  • the science of slaughter, session dealing with research to improve welfare at slaughter,
  • ethical dilemma – a treatment too far? This session will explore difficult treatment choices faced by vets in practice.

The forum takes place on Monday, June 8, from 10am to 5pm at One Great George Street in London.

AWF was founded by British Veterinary Association (BVA) members and retains close links with the parent organisation with offices based at BVA HQ.

See full forum details

See BVA antibiotics comment document

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