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CURRENT USE OF ANTIBIOTICS BY VETERINARIANS On ballots numbered from 1 to 30, CVO Facilitated Discussion participants indicated the number that most accurately describes their own individual assessment of the current status of the use of antibiotics by veterinarians in Ontario. A score of 30 would indicate that the current situation is “ideal” i.e. a well-coordinated, effective and appropriate approach by veterinarians that provides strong value to animals, producers, veterinarians, processors, retailers and consumers. A score of 1 would indicate that the current situation is “very poor” i.e. an uncoordinated, ineffective and inappropriate approach by veterinarians that provides limited value to animals, producers, veterinarians, processors, retailers and consumers. The results for all of the species groups are shown in Figure 4. It is noteworthy that the average score assessing the current use of antibiotics by veterinarians involved in foodproducing animal practice in Ontario was 17.9 out of 30, which is slightly lower than 60% (18 out of 30). Interestingly, swine veterinarians had the highest score amongst the species groups, and cattle veterinarians had the lowest. It is noteworthy that the average score assessing the current use of antibiotics by veterinarians involved in food-producing animal practice in Ontario was 17.9 out of 30, which is slightly lower than 60%. 30 25 Avg = 17.9 Number of Respondents 20 Never 15 Sheep/Goats Poultry 10 Cattle 5 0 1 2 very poor 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank of Current Status 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 ideal Figure 4: Veterinarians’ Perception of Current Status of Antibiotic Use by Veterinarians in Food-Producing Animals in Ontario 27  Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals in Ontario: A Study of the Current Practises and Perceptions of Ontario Veterinarians