f BSAVA/SAMSoc Guide to Responsible Use of Antibiotics: PROTECT ME (2024)

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  • Edited by: BSAVA and SAMSoc
  • Format: PDF and HTML
  • Publication Date: March 2024
  • e-Book ISBN 978-1-910443-82-8

Antibiotic use (both appropriate and inappropriate) imposes a powerful selection pressure on bacteria and is the primary driver of antibiotic resistance. Eliminating unnecessary use in humans and animals is, therefore, essential to safeguard this invaluable resource. A key component in the fight against antibiotic resistance is the adoption of antibiotic stewardship initiatives in both human and animal healthcare. PROTECT was first launched in 2012 as a joint initiative by SAMSoc (the Small Animal Medicine Society) and the BSAVA; this was updated and expanded in 2018 when BSAVA and SAMSoc developed an updated ‘PROTECT ME’ poster and online supporting information which is freely available to the veterinary profession. The poster, online supporting information and ‘no antibiotic required’ form were updated in 2023. The appendices in this supporting guide are designed to be used in conjunction with the poster.

PDFs of the PROTECT ME poster and the rabbit PROTECT ME poster are available with the PROTECT ME chapter and BSAVA members can request printed copies for their practice. A form to support client communication where no antibiotic is required has also been developed. Printed PROTECT ME posters and ‘non prescription‘ pads are available from the BSAVA store.

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