Dear Rural Vets
The first World Antibiotic Awareness Week took place between 16 and 22 November 2015. This campaign is being lead by the World Health Organization (WHO, www.who.int) and their slogan is “Antibiotics: Handle with Care”. Antibiotics are a precious resource that must be managed carefully.
The animal health industry is an important area of focus and we, the veterinary profession, must be aware of this initiative, understand the implications of antibiotic resistance and most importantly, we must educate our producers and develop updated programmes of infection control within the herds/flocks we provide consultation.
From RuVASA, I want to thank you for your membership and support during 2015 and I wish you all a happy Christmas with family and friends, and success in 2016!
Dr Stephen Hughes
Promoting sustainable ruminant health and production in South Africa.