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BVA lobbies to save vets’ medicine distribution rights

14th April 2011

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has hailed its success in blocking an EU proposal that would have restricted veterinarians' ability to sell medicines.

It was suggested by the agriculture and rural development committee on the European Parliament Resolution regarding Antimicrobial Resistance that restrictions should be introduced preventing vets from selling medicines directly to farmers and animal owners, other than in acute cases.

Its intention was to combat the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance, but the BVA and Federation of Veterinarians of Europe put forward an argument that this would damage the trade, impact on healthcare efforts and fail to address the problem.

The amendment has since been rejected, but Harvey Locke, president of the BVA, observed that this shows the importance of the trade being seen to be tackling antimicrobial resistance.

He said: "The BVA is committed to the responsible use of antimicrobials and we would remind vets to follow our useful guidance on antimicrobial use."

Last month, the organisation called on the government to do more to improve systems of foot and mouth disease monitoring and treatment in the UK to minimise the impact of a future outbreak.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800500309-ADNFCR

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