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College of Veterinarians of Ontario launches antimicrobial project

April 01, 2014

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario is launching a project to study the use of antimicrobial pharmaceuticals among food animal veterinarians.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the College to work with veterinarians on an issue that is important to the public and for animal health,” said Dr. Liz Saul, President of the College.

The College was approved for funding assistance through Growing Forward 2 (GF2) to explore the use of antimicrobials and how the current practice of Ontario veterinarians incorporates the prudent use guideline established by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) in 2009.

The results of the study will detail current prescribing practices and identify key challenges veterinarians face in adhering to the CVMA’s national guideline.

“The use of antimicrobials is a concern for food animals and also for human health. Animals and humans are becoming increasingly resistant to antimicrobial pharmaceuticals and there’s the added concern of pharmaceutical residue in the food chain,” said Jan Robinson, College Registrar and Chief Executive Officer.

The CVMA’s guideline on the prudent use of antimicrobials in food animals was implemented in 2009. However, it is unknown whether the benchmark is used in daily practice in Ontario. With animals and humans becoming increasingly resistant to antimicrobials, it is imperative to analyze the current use patterns. It is hoped that once these patterns are understood that Ontario veterinarians will be further equipped to continue as leaders in the concept of One Health.