On 5 April 2018, the UK government launched a campaign urging pet owners to trust their vets on the use of antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest global threats with estimates suggesting it could be responsible for 10 million deaths per year by 2050, and cost the global economy $100 trillion.
Following a government strategy, launched in 2013, to tackle antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic use in farm livestock has fallen to an all-time low, but the profession is being asked to turn its attention to addressing antibiotic use in companion animals, specifically client expectation and understanding.
To help raise awareness of the campaign, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is encouraging vets to exhibit its poster in their practices.
Source: BVA News, 5 April 2018