Antibiotic prescription – description and drivers

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4. Antibiotic prescription – description and drivers

Published 29 April 2021 | Updated 23 January 2024

Reducing antibiotic use requires not only that we consider the disease to be treated but also the human factors that influence veterinary surgeons’ decisions to prescribe antibiotics. This is an area that is now receiving increasing attention in the published literature.

  • De Briyne, N. (2014) Antibiotics used most commonly to treat animals in Europe. Veterinary Record, 175 (13), pp.325.
  • De Briyne, N. (2013) Factors influencing antibiotic prescribing habits and use of sensitivity testing amongst veterinarians in Europe. Veterinary Record, 173 (19), p.475.
  • Bourély, C. et al (2018) Why do veterinarians ask for antimicrobial susceptibility testing? A qualitative study exploring determinants and evaluating the impact of antibiotic reduction policy. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 159, pp. 123-134.
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