Diagnostics and the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance: a Survey of UK Livestock Veterinary Surgeons’ Perceptions and Practices

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Abstract

Background
This paper explores the current role and place of diagnostic tests in the treatment of farm animal disease. With the growing focus on reduced reliance on antibiotic medicines in both animal and human patient care, attention is increasingly being focused on the practice, the technology and the function of diagnostic tests and how these can support responsible antimicrobial use. Emerging diagnostic technologies offer the possibility of more rapid testing for bacterial disease, while food chain actors and others are increasingly seeking to make diagnostic tests mandatory before the use of critically important antibiotics.

Method
This paper reports the findings of a recent large-scale on-line survey of UK farm animal veterinary surgeons (N=135) which investigated current veterinary diagnostic practice with particular attention to the relationship between diagnostic test use and antibiotic treatment.

Results
Results revealed a range of factors that influence veterinary diagnostic practice and demonstrate the continuing importance of clinical observation and animal/herd knowledge in the selection of antibiotic treatment.

Conclusion
The findings identify a considerable ambivalence on the part of farm animal veterinarians regarding the current and future uses of rapid and point-of-care diagnostic tests as a means of improving clinical diagnosis and addressing inappropriate antibiotic medicine use.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVeterinary Record
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Jul 2020

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