European Awareness Day

FECAVA committed to raising awareness

At the occasion of the 10th European Antibiotic Awareness Day (18 November 2017), the Federation of Companion Animal Veterinary Associations ( has reiterated its commitment to fight antimicrobial resistance.

At the FVE general assembly on 10 November, FECAVA board member Ann Criel pledged that FECAVA will continue to ‘raise awareness of the public on best practices and the responsible use of antibiotics’.  

A good example of its on-going commitment on raising awareness are its posters. ‘Not all infections are caused by bacteria: some are viral and do not respond to antibiotics. Also, not all bacterial infections require antibiotic therapy’ – clear advice for pet owners as stated on the waiting room poster, one of four produced by the FECAVA Working group on hygiene and the use of antimicrobials in practice:

  • Recommendations for appropriate antimicrobial therapy
  • Decision tree on whether or not antibiotics should be used
  • Key recommendations on hygiene in practice
  • Advice for pet owners on responsible antibiotic use

The four posters have been translated into several languages and have been distributed throughout Europe and are currently being updated. They freely are available from the FECAVA website.

Notes for Editors

  • The Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) is the platform for the promotion of the professional development and representation of companion animal veterinarians in Europe. Founded in 1990, it currently has 40 national member associations and 13 associate member associations. FECAVA represents over 25,000 companion animal practitioners throughout Europe.
  • FECAVA is also a long-standing associate partner of the European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals (EPRUMA). +33 2 99 07 87 10


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