Veterinary Ireland highlights battle against AMR and Brexit risks


At Veterinary Ireland's annual conference for equine and companion animal vets in Lyrath, Kilkenny, today the battle against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) was addressed, with David MacGuinness, President of Veterinary Ireland, noting that it involves a change of mindset as well as a change of practices among Irish vets.

"The blind use of antibiotics and the unnecessary use of antibiotics are practices which must stop in both human and veterinary medicine. We have to make sure that the most critical antibiotics are preserved for as long as possible by only using them in the most critical cases," said David MacGuinness. 

Veterinary delegates in Kilkenny heard expert presentations on issues ranging from concerns about Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) because of the growing popularity of flat-faced dogs such as pugs, bulldogs or French bulldogs; and animal welfare debates in relation to dogs and the equine sector.  

Risks discussed about Brexit included availability of veterinary medicines and transport of horses should the current tripartite agreement between Ireland the UK and France be altered.  

The conference delivered a wide range of latest scientific presentations and clinical demonstrations ranging from immune mediated disease management to abdominal ultrasound techniques.  

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