CVMA Encourages Prudent Use of Antimicrobials in Animals
A report released this week by the Ontario Medical Association. The report says a veterinary prescription-only standard of access to antibiotics for animals must be instituted.
A report released this week by the Ontario Medical Association recommends that the federal government and the Government of Ontario should close the legal loopholes that currently allow animal owners to access veterinary pharmaceutical products for their own personal use without surveillance or regulation. The report says a veterinary prescription-only standard of access to antibiotics for animals must be instituted. The report also suggests a ban on the prophylactic or growth-promoting use of antibiotics in food animal production.
For many years, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has been urging the federal government to implement a legislative change that closes the loophole in Health Canada’s Own Use Importation (OUI) policy, particularly for antimicrobials. OUI importation of veterinary products carries inherent food safety, public and animal health risks. Read the CVMA’s Position Statement on the Importation of Veterinary Products.
The CVMA supports and encourages all veterinarians to use antimicrobials prudently. Read the CVMA’s Position Statement on Antimicrobial Use in Animals. To provide veterinarians with guidance on this important issue, in 2008 the CVMA developed Antimicrobial Prudent Use Guidelines for Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Poultry and Swine. Development of similar CVMA guidelines for the use of antimicrobials in companion animals is currently in progress.