Antibiotic Awareness

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today. Hafren Veterinary Group Limited is committed to ensuring responsible use of these vital medicines.

Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy all rely on access to antibiotics that work. To slow resistance we need to cut the use of unnecessary antibiotics.

Our veterinary team have made the following pledges about how they will make better use of antibiotics and help save this vital medicine from becoming obsolete.

  • We will ensure clients have and understand all the information they need to administer the antibiotic correctly to their animal(s) as per the prescription or instruction as well as understand the importance of following the instructions on the label
  • We will ensure that there are effective and up to date cleaning and disinfection protocols in place to minimise the spread of bacteria between patients within the veterinary practice premises
  • We will promote culture and sensitivity testing before prescribing antibiotics wherever possible and we will report any suspected antibiotics failure to the Market Authorisation Holder (MAH) or the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)
  • If there is a need to prescribe antibiotics we will use narrow spectrum drugs wherever possible
  • We will reduce the reliance on prophylactic use of antibiotics in farm animals by working with farm clients to produce a clear animal health plan which encourages good biosecurity and husbandry practices
  • We will maintain awareness of antimicrobial resistance through continuous professional development and promote a culture of responsible use of antibiotics at work and within my professional network