What is responsible use?
Responsible use of medicines in animals is based on a holistic approach of minimising disease through concepts including:
- biosecurity: a set of preventative measures aiming to keep groups of animals healthy or to limit the spread of diseases within an animal population;
- good housing and ventilation;
- good hygiene;
- appropriate nutrition;
- regular monitoring of health and welfare;
- animal health planning;
- use of diagnostics;
- using and maintaining the pharmacovigilance system.
Despite these efforts, animals can get still sick and may require different treatments. It is of utmost importance that all medicines are used responsibly.