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Participants in the CVO Facilitated Discussions reported that maintenance of the current situation with no changes in the use of antibiotics on farms will result in an increase in the prevalence of antibiotic resistance, with a decrease in antibiotic effectiveness, and the potential for serious public health implications. As well, there could be loss of effective antibiotics due to removal from the markets, and as a result, limited treatment options that will increase the cost of production. A concern was raised that veterinarians may lose access to antibiotics, and may risk losing the privilege of prescribing drugs in an extra label fashion. CONSEQUENCES OF MAINTAINING CURRENT SITUATION CVO Facilitated Discussion session participants also identified that maintenance of the status quo will eventually erode the image and credibility of veterinarians due to a lack of public trust. Some veterinarians expressed concern that if they do not take steps to become part of the solution, they will lose the opportunity to provide input with decisions being made by uninformed individuals. There was also concern expressed that veterinarians might become regulated by a body other than the CVO with regulations imposed upon them. It was also felt that maintenance of the status quo would lead to an increase in animal welfare issues. It could result in increased negative consumer perception of raising animals for food due to negative media coverage. If the food-producing animal industries fail to act, additional public scrutiny might result with an increase in lack of public confidence. There could also be a negative impact on the consumption of Canadian raised food both nationally and internationally. 29  Maintenance of the current situation with no changes in the use of antibiotics on farms will result in an increase in antibiotic resistance, with a decrease in antibiotic effectiveness, and the potential for serious public health implications. Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals in Ontario: A Study of the Current Practises and Perceptions of Ontario Veterinarians