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Farm vets offered antimicrobial stewardship support
Reported antibiotics data currently represents only 28 per cent of the dairy sector.
It will increase data collection on antimicrobial use.

RCVS Knowledge is to offer additional support to beef, sheep and dairy veterinary surgeons, to help the sector with antimicrobial stewardship.

The Medicine Hub provides an online tool for veterinary surgeons to compare their medicine use, in an effort to improve data collection and tackle antibiotic resistance.

However, the reported data on the service for ruminant sectors is low. It currently represents 28 per cent of the dairy sector and nine per cent of the sheep sectors.

RCVS Knowledge has said that it will collaborate with the red meat and dairy sectors as well as the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, which developed the Medicine Hub, to support individual veterinary professionals with antimicrobial stewardship.

The charity is working with its Farm Vet Champions community, which it formed as part of its goal to implement practical changes across the profession. The collaboration will see them provide tailored support for farm veterinary surgeons and their practice teams, including one-to-one consultation and in-person workshops.

Farm Vet Champions will be encouraged to set SMART goals – which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound – to improve their antimicrobial stewardship credentials and fill data gaps.

They will also guide their teams to work with clients to upload farm level data to the Medicine Hub.

It is hoped that these actions will support the sectors to close the gap on targets set by the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA). RUMA has targeted the sector with reporting 2024 data for 8,000 sheep flocks, 8,000 beef herds and 95 per cent of the dairy industry.

The project has been funded by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, which RCVS Knowledge says will allow them to reach more farm veterinary surgeons and their teams.

Fiona Lovatt, RCVS Knowledge Clinical Lead for Medicines, said: “I am so encouraged every time I have a conversation with an individual vet or a group of practice team members about how they are engaging with their farm clients.

“This is not just a project about data and figures, it is about conversations, relationships, healthy animals, and good practice. It is about doing the right thing, about the reputation of the red meat and dairy sectors, and the reputation of the farm veterinary professions.”

There is free CPD available on the Farm Vet Champions platform, or you can contact RCVS Knowledge for tailored support.

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 Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) is returning this summer, running from 24-28 June 2024. The theme for this year will be 'Healthy Diet, Happy Bunnies'.

The focus on rabbits' diet comes after the most recent PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report report revealed that 42 per cent of veterinary professionals identified inappropriate diet as one of the five most important rabbit welfare issues that need to be address.

The campaign will include veterinary blogs, videos, and digital waiting room resources. Practices can sign up to receive updates about RAW. 

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CVS Group hit by cyber attack

CVS Group, which owns more than 450 veterinary practices in the UK, has been hit by a cyber attack.

In a statement, the group said the incident involved unauthorised external access to a limited number of its IT systems. As soon as the attack was discovered, the group took its IT systems temporarily offline, causing 'considerable operational disruption'.

It has warned that the security steps taken and ongoing plans to move its operational systems and IT infrastructure to the Cloud are likely to have an ongoing impact over a number of weeks.

Due to the risk that personal information was accessed, CVS has informed the Information Commissioner's Office. The company is working with third party consultants to investigate the incident.