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CVO Facilitated Discussion participants identified several actions that they would suggest to help ensure the appropriate use of antibiotics in food-producing animals in Ontario. These were designed to build on the strengths, reduce or eliminate the challenges, seize the opportunities, and keep the desired outcomes in mind. For the purposes of the CVO Facilitated Discussions, veterinarians were directed to focus on those actions over which they have direct control. Thus, the importance attributed to actions over which veterinarians have no direct control, such as legislative change, may not reflect the true importance that the participants attribute to these actions. Table 4 shows a summary of the findings, in broad categories, from the CVO Facilitated Discussions. SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTION FROM THE FACILITATED DISCUSSIONS Table 4 Suggested actions by species groups. Suggested Actions** Species Groups Bovine n=34 %* Poultry n=24 % Sheep/Goats n=31 % Swine n=19 % Total n=108 % Research reduced usage of antibiotics 12 42 10 42 23 Develop/enhance QA programs for producers 15 17 39 21 23 Institute additional regulatory changes 9 58 16 11 22 Liaise with key stakeholders 12 17 10 42 18 Enhance education of producers 21 13 19 16 18 Liaise with the public 18 13 3 32 15 Enhance education of veterinarians 9 17 19 5 13 Develop protocols and SOPs 18 8 16 5 13 Develop/enhance QA for veterinarians 28 8 6 0 12 Support coordinated research 0 21 19 11 12 Eliminate/modify OTC antibiotic sales 9 13 13 5 10 Eliminate/modify importation of antibiotics 9 8 13 11 10 Improve surveillance of antibiotic use and resistance 12 17 3 5 9 Increase research on resistance 6 4 6 15 7 Make antibiotics available only through a veterinary prescription 6 4 10 11 7 Increase understanding of Residues 6 8 6 5 6 Eliminate/modify APIs 3 8 0 0 3 CVO Facilitated Discussion participants identified the actions that they thought would help ensure the appropriate use of antibiotics in food-producing animals in Ontario. * total exceeds 100% since veterinarians contributed more than once 37  Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals in Ontario: A Study of the Current Practises and Perceptions of Ontario Veterinarians