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BSAVA asks for feedback on antibiotic tool
Veterinary professionals from all areas of practice are asked to respond by the end of May.
The demo version was launched at BSAVA Congress.

The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and the Small Animal Medicine Society (SAMSoc) are calling for feedback, as they seek to develop a decision-making tool for antibiotics.

The resource will support veterinary professionals with the prescription of antibiotics, as the organisations work to combat antimicrobial resistance.

A demo version of the tool was launched at BSAVA Congress, which took place in March. BSAVA are now asking for feedback from veterinary professionals from all areas of practice before the end of May.

The tool aims to give veterinary professionals more confidence with deciding when to prescribe, and when to withhold, antibiotics from animals. A current demo version only covers advice on gastrointestinal infections, however there is additional work underway to cover more areas.

It is the next step of the organisation’s PROTECTME initiative, which seeks to encourage responsible antibacterial use within the veterinary community.

The core of the initiative will be the BSAVA/SAMSoc Guide to Responsible Use of Antibiotics: PROTECTME guide. It will accompany an ‘Antibiotic use in our practice’ poster in the BSAVA Library.

Other new additions to BSAVA’s PROTECTME initiative have included a collection of resources to support the medication of cats, produced by the International Society of Feline Medicine and the Feline Centre at Langford Vets. There is also a new FAQ section for owners who have received a non-prescription form.

Cameron Shuttlewood, production editor at BSAVA, said: “Responsible use of veterinary medicines is key in supporting One Health and in retaining the right to prescribe antibiotics that are important in human medicine.
“We are pleased that the small animal veterinary community is embracing the importance of antibiotic stewardship, and we want this tool to make it quick and easy to follow existing evidence-based guidance.”

Veterinary professionals can try out the new tool here.

The full PROTECTME guide, which includes printable posters and non-prescription forms, can be found here. BSAVA members can request free copies of the poster, and non-members can purchase them from the shop.

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Reporting service for dead wild birds updated

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 The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has updated its online reporting service for dead wild birds.

The new version allows those reporting a dead bird to drop a pin on a map when reporting the location. It also includes a wider range of wild bird species groups to select from when describing the bird.

The online service, which helps APHA to monitor the spread of diseases such as avian influenza, can be accessed here

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NI chief vet urges bluetongue vigilance

Northern Ireland's chief veterinary officer (CVO) has urged farmers to be vigilant for signs of bluetongue, after the Animal and Plant Health Agency warned there was a very high probability of further cases in Great Britain.

There have been 126 confirmed cases of bluetongue virus serotype 3 in England since November 2023, with no cases reported in Northern Ireland. The movement of live ruminants from Great Britain to Northern Ireland is currently suspended.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the virus is most likely to enter Northern Ireland through infected animals or germplasm (semen or ova) being imported.

Brian Dooher, Northern Ireland's CVO, said: "Surveillance for this disease within Northern Ireland has been increased to assist with detection at the earliest opportunity which will facilitate more effective control measures."

Farmers should report any suspicions of the disease to their private veterinary practitioner, the DAERA Helpline on 0300 200 7840 or their local DAERA Direct Veterinary Office.