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Multi-species and sub-species antimicrobial usage in veterinary practice in Uk - A quantitative assessment. - VM02129

Veterinary antimicrobial use in the UK is recorded by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) from Veterinary product sales data supplied by veterinary pharmaceutical companies, on a product-by-product basis.
70% of the total veterinary antimicrobial product sales are recorded as multi-species because the products are licensed for use in more than one species.

The objective is to ascertain, with reasonable bounds of confidence, the actual per species usage of multi-species veterinary antimicrobials for food producing species. This will be analysed by tonnage of total active substance per subspecies category viz.
a. Cattle; cows in lactating for human consumption (dairy herd)and beef/meat cattle
b. Pigs; breeding and fattening pigs
c. Poultry; hens in lay (egg producers), broilers/other (meat)

Method of analysis:
A selected number of UK veterinary practices totalling 12-16 will have their medicine sales data analysed by product type relative to species and sub-species for which it was supplied.
Each analysed category of product and species of animal requires slightly different information relative to how and where products are used.
Analysis cannot be performed for all doses of all products sold. Hence representative samples must be used. The reliability and verification of the degree of representative accuracy would only be possible after substantial statistical analysis. It is therefore proposed to used educated estimates of what constitutes a representative sample and decide on the accuracy based on variation in the figures produced by different sources of data. The calendar year is the best basis for all data collection and analysis.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Multi-species and sub-species antimicrobial usage in veterinary practice in Uk - A quantitative assessment.   (188k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2002

To: 2002

Cost: £35,500
Contractor / Funded Organisations
ICM (Consultancy)
Animal Health              
Plants and Animals              
Veterinary Medicines              
Fields of Study
Animal Health
Veterinary Medicine