Growing Forward 2 - Final Report - Page 28

POTENTIAL TO REDUCE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS Approximately three quarters of the CVO Survey respondents agreed that there is potential to reduce the amount of antibiotics used in food-producing animals in Ontario, if a reduction was mandated. Among beef respondents, metaphylactic treatment for respiratory disease was identified as the most important situation where antibiotic use could be reduced. Dairy respondents felt that selective/targeted dry cow treatment was the most important opportunity to reduce use. Poultry, sheep/goat and swine respondents all felt that it was most important to create a system where antibiotics are only available with a veterinarian prescription. Lastly, veal respondents felt that the most important opportunity to reduce antibiotic use was to improve management and housing and focus on prevention, rather than treatment. Influence of Veterinarians 100 Proportion of Respondents (%) Approximately three quarters of the CVO Survey respondents agreed that there is potential to reduce the amount of antibiotics used in food-producing animals in Ontario, if a reduction was mandated. The influence of veterinarians