FVE celebrates European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2016

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) is in the forefront of fighting antimicrobial resistance and advocating the value of ‘One Health’ approach.
The European veterinary profession is strongly committed to the responsible use of antibiotics. FVE supports all of the great work already being done and ongoing by the profession to reduce the use of antibiotics across all species.
However, reducing the use of antibiotics in animals is just one piece of the jigsaw when it comes to tackling antibiotic resistance. This is why working together under the ‘One Health’ approach that considers humans, animals and the environment in a holistic approach is of such great importance.
FVE intensively works towards that direction together with CPME1, representing the European doctors, to ensure positive steps are jointly taken across human and animal health to preserve theseessential drugs for future generations.
FVE President, Dr Rafael Laguens, said ‘Antibiotic resistance is a true global ‘One Health’ issue. Veterinarians are part of the solution as gatekeepers of responsible use of antibiotics in animals, but success can only be reached through collaboration and joint efforts. Each party involved working together towards a common goal.’
To celebrate this European Antibiotic Awareness Day and to raise awareness of animal owners and citizens in a funny way about the need for responsible use of antibiotics in animals, FVE invites everybody to try and disseminate our quiz ‘How much do you REALLY know about animals and antibiotic resistance?’
FVE welcomes the reduction of the antibiotic consumption in animals realised across Europe. Even more importantly we are pleased to see the signals indicating a reduction of resistance of certain zoonotic pathogens. The impact this will have on the future of public health is very encouraging for the veterinary profession to continue on this path.

NOTE TO EDITORS
The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) is an umbrella organisation of 44 veterinary organisations from 38 European countries, representing a total of around 240.000 veterinarians. FVE strives to promote animal health, animal welfare and public health across Europe. FVE is registered in the Transparency Register with the ID number 3959733732-78. FVE www.fve.org For further information, please contact: Jan Vaarten – info@fve.org
 FVE leaflets on responsible use of antimicrobials (translated in EU languages)
 FVE advice to the general public;
 FVE advice to veterinarians;
 FVE advice to the owners of companion animals;
 FVE advice to the owners of horses;
 FVE and Copa-Cogeca advice to the farmers;
 FVE, CPME and CED advice to the public;
 FVE, CPME and CED advice to Health Professionals
 FVE is a founding member of the European Platform on Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals (EPRUMA) and took over the EPRUMA Chairmanship in 2015. EPRUMA is a multi-stakeholder platform linking best practice with animal health and public health.
 ECDC/EFSA/EMA first joint report on the integrated analysis of the consumption of antimicrobial agents and occurrence of antimicrobial resistance in bacteria from humans and food-producing animals- Joint Interagency Antimicrobial Consumption and Resistance Analysis (JIACRA) Report