Antibiotic usage in veterinary practice

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3. Antibiotic usage in veterinary practice

Published 29 April 2021 | Updated 24 January 2024

Data on antibiotic usage in animals in the UK has primarily been sourced from the Veterinary Antimicrobial Resistance and Sales Surveillance (VARSS) reports published by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate. However, as many antibiotics are authorised for use in multiple animal species, it is not possible to determine from sales data how much is used per species. More recently ‘big data’ projects such as SAVSNET and VetCompass have been able to provide additional data on antibiotic usage in companion animals.

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