Swine Veterinarians Prepared to Assume Leadership Role in Antimicrobial Stewardship

Farmscape for August 28, 2018

The Veterinary Counsel with the Canadian Pork Council says pending changes to regulations pertaining veterinary use of antimicrobials will allow the pork sector to take a leadership role in antimicrobial stewardship.
As of December 1st all medically important antimicrobials used in veterinary medicine in Canada will be sold by prescription only.
Dr. Egan Brockhoff, the Veterinary Counsel with the Canadian Pork Council, says these changes have been driven through a global awareness of increasing antimicrobial resistance and Health Canada has worked very closely with the different agriculture sectors since 2014 to make sure this process moves ahead as straight forward as possible.

Clip-Dr. Egan Brockhoff-Canadian Pork Council:
I think the swine veterinary community is fairly well prepared for this.
Swine veterinarians have worked extremely close with pork producers for years.
Through the CQA program, through other animal health programs, swine veterinarians have had a really close relationship with the Canadian pig herd and the producers that raise those.
Not all commodity groups have been that fortunate but certainly I think the swine groups is out ahead on that and really provides us an opportunity to be leaders within agriculture on adopting some of these principles.
Swine veterinarians have been writing feed prescriptions and injectable and water soluble prescriptions for years because of CQA and so this transition should be fairly straight forward and it also should be a good example to the other commodity groups that potentially haven't had that same relationship.

Dr. Brockhoff acknowledges the regulatory changes will increase the work load for veterinarians, who will be responsible for writing these prescriptions but, he says, it will also result in closer working relationships among veterinarians and their clients and greater oversight of antimicrobial use.
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