Equine Health Update EHU Vol 20 Issue 02 - Page 40

EQUINE | SAEVA Procedures and Policies Antibiotic use policy n order to comply with good antimicrobial stewardship t largely rests on a document produced by the New Zealand Veterinary ociation-it most closely resembles the South African situation. ted for us by Dr Pia Randleff-Rasmussen- Drakenstein Veterinary Clinic Antibiotic Use Policy Core Principles n of the impacts of antimicrobial use on human and animal health is made by all ling or administering antimicrobial agents. f conditions that could require antimicrobial therapy is a key focus of veterinary To be used in order to comply with good antimicrobial stewardship ive antimicrobial agents only as required to maintain their health and welfare. ducing the number of animals given antimicrobial agents are employed where this promise animal health or welfare. crobial agents are used, dose rates and regimens are designed to improve efficacy treatment. l agents considered more important in human medicine are not used as first line This document largely rests on a document produced by the New Zealand Veterinary nd are only employed when use is likely to deliver superior outcomes. Association-it most closely resembles the South African situation. It was adopted for us by Dr Pia Randleff-Rasmussen- Drakenstein Veterinary Clinic Core Principles 1. Consideration of the impacts of antimicrobial use on human and animal health is made by all people handling or administering antimicrobial agents. 2. Prevention of conditions that could require antimicrobial therapy is a key focus of veterinary practice 3. Animals receive antimicrobial agents only as required to maintain their health and welfare. 4. Strategies reducing the number of animals given antimicrobial agents are employed where this will not compromise animal health or welfare. 40 5. When antimicrobial agents are used, dose rates and regimens are designed to improve efficacy and limit re-treatment. 6. Antimicrobial agents considered more important in human medicine are not used as first line treatment and are only employed when use is likely to deliver superior outcomes. • Equine Health Update •