114 Anthelmintic resistance and responsible use in livestock by British Vet Association (Industry Innovation)Click here for resource
114 Industry Innovation
Anthelmintic resistance and responsible use in livestock
by British Vet Association
In Significant Impact Groups: AMU reduction strategies
Species targeted: Dairy; Beef; Sheep;
Age: Different for different species;
Summary: Anthelmintics must be used responsibly as part of a farm-specific strategic anthelmintic plan. All prescribers of Anthelmintics (to include Vets and Suitably Qualified Persons) should:• use diagnostic information for each parasite risk period to ensure treatment of only those animals that need it• target the drug used to the parasite to be treated• treat based on actual body weight• understand the interplay of other host species and intermediate host species• advise that newly treated animals should not be moved immediately onto clean pasture• explain and emphasise the importance of quarantining incoming animals, assessing their parasite burden, faecal worm egg counts, and response to treatment• investigate suspected cases of resistance and advise on the selection of alternatives from other classes of anthelmintic drugs• report suspected cases of lack of efficacy to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate• encourage holistic and integrated preventive strategies.