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Publication type: Journal Article
Document type: Full Paper

Year: 2017

Author(s): Firth, CL; Käsbohrer, A; Schleicher, C; Fuchs, K; Egger-Danner, C; Mayerhofer, M; Schobesberger, H; Köfer, J; Obritzhauser, W

Title: Antimicrobial consumption on Austrian dairy farms: an observational study of udder disease treatments based on veterinary medication records.

Source: PeerJ. 2017; 5:e4072



Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Firth Clair
Käsbohrer Annemarie
Schobesberger Hermann

Vetmed Research Units
Institute of Food Safety, Food Technology and Veterinary Public Health, Unit of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology


Project(s): Advancement of Dairying in Austria


Abstract:
Antimicrobial use in livestock production is an important contemporary issue, which is of public interest worldwide. Antimicrobials are not freely available to Austrian farmers and can only be administered to livestock by veterinarians, or by farmers who are trained members of the Animal Health Service. Since 2015, veterinarians have been required by law to report antimicrobials dispensed to farmers for use in food-producing animals. The study presented here went further than the statutory framework, and collected data on antimicrobials dispensed to farmers and those administered by veterinarians.


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