AVA releases antimicrobial guidelines for dairy cattle

The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) has published antimicrobial prescribing guidelines for dairy cattle in a joint project funded by the AVA and Animal Medicines Australia, with support from Dairy Australia. The prescribing guidelines incorporate an overview of the core principles of the appropriate use of antimicrobial agents, followed by comprehensive prescribing information for the range of body system diseases seen in dairy cattle. 


In his opening statement in the guidelines, Australian Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Mark Schipp said that as a major exporter of high-quality food products, Australia had taken a proactive approach to managing food safety issues, including the use of antimicrobials.  


“Antimicrobials are an essential tool for dairy farmers and veterinarians to ensure the health and welfare of animals in their care. Overall, the Australian dairy industry has very low antimicrobial usage compared to other countries and holds a favourable reputation for low levels of AMR. The industry is therefore well-placed to play a leading role in how we address AMR more broadly across the animal health sector. The dairy industry’s ‘as little as possible, as much as necessary’ method is particularly commendable and demonstrates their commitment to using antimicrobials responsibly,” said Dr Schipp. Full story: AVA