Targeted Use of Antibiotics

Some antibiotics are crucial in the treatment for certain human and/or animal diseases. Misuse of these antibiotics contributes to therapy failure in humans and animals. Guidelines to help veterinarians to make prudent choices are available, but basic principles to consider are:

  • Dosage: a correct dose and therapy duration are crucial in avoiding resistance selection and spread.
  • Group administration vs individual administration: group administration causes a higher selection pressure compared to individual treatments.
  • Administration route: feed medication and water medication are more likely to cause resistance selection and spread than injections. There are different reasons for this, e.g. dosage is less precise, there is a risk of cross-contamination with the environment etc.

Removing in-Feed Antibiotics

Responsible Antibiotic Usage Overview

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 817591