Can you relate to this image?

If you can relate to this image, you have work to do before Jan 2022.

Animals get sick. Vets prescribe treatments. In some cases, farmers administer the prescribed treatments.

As of January 28th 2022, the freedom of vets to prescribe some antibiotics will be reduced. In an effort to tackle the increasing risk of antibiotic resistant infections in humans AND animals, a vet must consider the wider impacts of his or her treatment choices, most specifically, when choosing an antibiotic.

Antibiotics deemed High Priority or Critically Important (HP CIAs and CIAs) to human healthcare will be actively discouraged as a 1st line treatment for animals.

What can you and your vet do to prepare?

Accept the reality - changes are coming, you best prepare. Farm health planning in a meaningful way with your vet is a great place to start. Take the time with your vet to go through YOUR system and seek their advice on how to PREVENT issues next spring.

Clean EVERYTHING this summer. Get ahead. Clean equipment and sheds and boots. Set up isolation pens or at least identify what areas can become isolation units to help prevent spread of any illness that may occur. Set up easy access to cleaning equipment for when things get busy. Do you still use disinfectant for boots in and out of sheds? How about hand washing? Thanks to Covid-19, we know distancing and hygiene help control the spread of pathogens. So now is the time to prepare.

Farmers - Talk to your vet.

Vets - talk to VirtualVet about how we can help you and your practice staff help your farmer clients. Drop us a line: and we'll arrange a call.

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