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Antibiotic Use

The SVS has been working with an industry groups (RUMA, SHAWG, AHDB) on responsible use of antibiotics in the sheep industry.

Although as a sector our overall use is not as high as other livestock sectors, there are recognised areas where our prescribing practice can be improved in light of recent thinking on antibiotic use. In particular, the use of prophylactic antibiotics, and whole flock treatments in lameness control, neonatal lamb disease and abortion control.

As a Society we have produced two documents which we would like to draw member’s attention to, which address these areas.

These are

  1. Responsible Use of Antimicrobials Good Practice Guidelines
  2. SVS Antibiotics Policy.

The former in particular contains helpful advice for guidance on control of common infectious disease whilst reducing antimicrobial use. They have been drawn up by members of the SVS and use evidence based medicine wherever possible. We felt it would be useful to draw member’s attention to these documents to help inform your prescribing decision making this lambing season and beyond.

Our Aim

“To promote the prevention
of disease and the welfare of
sheep by providing a forum
for discussion, distribution of
research results and provision
of advice on veterinary
matters relating to sheep”

Contact the Society

Sheep Veterinary Society,
SVS Secretariat,
Moredun Research Institute,
International Research Centre,
Pentlands Science Park,
Bush Loan, Penicuik,
Midlothian, EH26 0PZ

Tel: +44 131 445 5111
Fax: +44 131 445 6235

secretariat@sheepvetsoc.org.uk