The urgent need to achieve more responsible and sustainable medicines use (RSMU) in farm animals, in light of the potential for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) development and transfer to humans, means veterinary and human health care professionals must now work together to tackle this significant and timely challenge.
This 1.5 day, interactive, team-taught course will challenge the expected norms of production animal veterinary prescribing, equipping clinicians with the tools to motivate change to achieve RSMU. It will draw from the experiences of Langford Farm Animal Practice, which has achieved more than 90% reduction in the use of critically important antimicrobials (CIAs), whilst continuing to maintain and improve animal health and production, as well as similar experiences from Friars Moor Veterinary group when applying these principles on a larger scale.
Participants will be equipped with the tools to make monitoring RSMU and AMR an integrated part of active herd health management; both informing an understanding of disease patterns on farm and demonstrating the impact of health interventions. There will be opportunities to engage with real-life medicines use data, critically reflect and review therapeutic decision making and plan for change. Strategies for improving communication and effectively motivating change will be considered in light of the evidence base, enabling participants to actively engage and enthuse their clients with putting these recommendations into practice.
Professor David Barrett, BSc(Hons) BVSc(Hons) DBR DCHP Dip. ECBHM FHEA FRCVS, University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences - David has a longstanding interest in medicine use on farm. He chairs the BVA Medicine Group and is a Board member of the BCVA and the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.
Miss Jenny Bellini, BVSc, MRCVS, Friars Moor Livestock Health, Dorset. Jenny graduated from the University of Bristol in 2014 and has worked as a dairy vet in North Dorset since. The team at Friars Moor led a successful antibiotic campaign to remove HP-CIAs from their dispensary in 2016-17 and continue to work to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use on their dairy farms.
Mr David Tisdall, BVSc(Hons), CertCHP, FHEA, MRCVS, University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine - David has more than 10 years experience working in farm animal practice, leading transformational change towards more responsible antimicrobial use on farms whilst at the same time improving animal health.
Mrs Alison Bard, FdSc(Bourne.), BSc(Hons), University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences – Alison’s PhD research explores advisory and communication strategies employed by cattle veterinarians in discussions of behaviour change. She is examining the feasibility of Motivational Interviewing – an evidence-based communication methodology used widely in the medical sciences - to be applied in this context.