New Welsh animal project launched to combat antimicrobial resistance

Arwain DGC (Defnydd Gwrthfaicrobaidd Cyfrifol) Cymru is at the forefront of the drive to prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

AMR is classed as a global “One Health” challenge and there are calls for urgent multisectoral action. AMR has been described by The World Health Organisation as an issue where “without urgent action, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.”

Arwain DGC comprises of a schedule of activities and brings together experienced collaborators to deliver a wide-ranging programme addressing AMR in animals and the environment. Included are key Welsh agricultural stakeholders (Menter a Busnes, Welsh Lamb and Beef Producers Ltd and Welsh Agricultural Organisation Society), academic institutions (University of Bristol and Aberystwyth University School of Veterinary Science) and veterinary delivery partners (Iechyd Da and Milfeddygon Gogledd Cymru).

Arwain DGC builds on the pioneering work of an earlier project – Arwain Vet Cymru (AVC) – which focused on improving antibiotic prescribing in cattle and sheep through a Wales-wide network of Veterinary Prescribing Champions. AVC’s work has subsequently become the blueprint for similar schemes across the UK and globally.

Further information

Arwain DGC will deliver the following:Extending the Veterinary Prescribing Champions Network previously developed by the Arwain Vet Cymru project.

  • Developing national prescribing guidelines for cattle and sheep.
  • Delivering a voluntary code of conduct for antimicrobial prescribing across farm practices.
  • Using novel technology to explore biosecurity and precision agriculture solutions.
  • Understanding associations between antimicrobial use and AMR and developing Welsh surveillance programmes.
  • Understanding patterns of AMU in the equine industry.
  • Delivering knowledge exchange programmes.

Visit the project website: https://menterabusnes.cymru/arwaindgc/

Original news source: University of Bristol