Vet bodies inject “jigsaw” comment into AMR debate

The reduced and targeted use of antibiotics in animal agriculture is just “one piece of the jigsaw” when tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) says the British Veterinary Association, British Veterinary Poultry Association and Pig Veterinary Society, speaking jointly in response to new research findings concerning AMR issues in chicken and pork products.

“The veterinary profession recognises that AMR is a global problem for both humans and animals, so is working hard with companion animal owners, livestock farmers and other species stakeholders to promote the responsible use of antibiotics,” said the three organisations.

“Antimicrobials are crucial for the maintenance of animal health and welfare, and there are many innovative and important developments happening in the poultry, pig and other sectors to promote good practice for antibiotic use in animals, and to explore alternative measures. It is essential that we learn from and share this best practice across the UK and beyond.”

The joint statement, issued in the wake of this week’s report by the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics of rising levels of AMR in UK supermarket meat, also committed the three bodies to sustained work to find additional solutions.

“We need to foster increased collaboration between health sectors,” they added, “with the veterinary profession committed to playing its part, to ensure positive steps are taken to preserve these essential drugs for future generations.”

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