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Cutting antibiotic use has no adverse affect on cattle health and welfare - study 
The growing threat of antimicrobial resistance has put pressure on the livestock industry to reduce its use of antibiotics.
Researchers analyse data from seven dairy farms

Ceasing the use of certain antibiotics does not have an adverse effect on the health, welfare or production of dairy cows, according to new research.

In the study, researchers collected data from seven dairy farms in North Somerset that had stopped using the ‘highest priority critically important antimicrobials’ (HP-CIAs), as recommended by the World Health Organisation.

The findings, published in Vet Record, suggest that the health and welfare of dairy cattle can be maintained - and even improved - without the use of HP-CIAs. They also indicate that the complete cessation of HP-CIAs can lead to an overall reduction of antibiotic use on dairy farms.

“A cessation of the use of HP-CIAs and a decrease in the use of AMs within the livestock industry should be a key target for farmers and veterinary surgeons and has been shown to be achievable while maintaining animal health, welfare and production,” the authors conclude.

The growing threat of antimicrobial resistance to both human and animal health has put pressure on the livestock industry to reduce its use of antibiotics. In April 2017, the World Health Organisation identified quinolines and third- and fourth- generation cephalosporins as HP-CIAs because of the level of risk to human health.

The study, Ceasing the use of the highest priority critically important antimicrobials does not adversely affect production, health or welfare parameters in dairy cows, was conducted by veterinary researchers at the University of Bristol and the University of Surrey.

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ISFM announces first veterinary nurse conference

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 The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) - the veterinary division of International Cat Care - has announced its first annual conference dedicated to veterinary nurses. The day offers an opportunity to meet up with colleagues and enjoy more than five hours of stimulating CPD.

The conference is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon, on Saturday 15 September 2018. Tickets are £95 per person and include lunch, coffee breaks, downloadable proceedings and CPD certificate. For details and to book your place visit  

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WSAVA awards Australian vet with 'Next Generation’ award

Australian vet Dr Guyan Weerasinghe has been crowned winner of the WSAVA ‘Next Generation’ Veterinary Award. The award recognises those who graduated within the last 10 years and have made a significant contribution to the welfare of companion animals and the veterinary profession as a whole.

Besides maintaining a small animal caseload, Dr Weerasinghe works for the Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture where he is involved with animal disease surveillance and increasing the public health risks in veterinary practice. He also collaborates on various One Health projects across Australia and gives regular talks on the impact of climate change on animal health and welfare.

Dr Weerasinghe will receive his award at the WSAVA World Congress 2018 (25-28 September).