Antimicrobial resistance is a global phenomenon and a well-recognised threat to public as well as animal health. The factors contributing to the development of antimicrobial resistance are many and complex but originate generally from exposure of microorganisms to antibiotics.
Advice on the prescribing and use of veterinary antimicrobials
The IMB has published advice for vets, pharmacists, licensed merchants and farmers who prescribe, dispense or use antimicrobial drugs. It highlights the need for attention in the prescribing and use of these medicines to safeguard human and animal health against the development of antimicrobial resistance.
In addition, specific advice on the use of antimicrobial drugs in dairy cows is available.
Use of antimicrobial drugs in Ireland
The IMB is the competent authority for gathering data on the consumption nationally of antimicrobial drugs for veterinary use and and we publish this information annually. The IMB carries out this role in accordance with the European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC) programme.
Download the IMB annual reports on the consumption of veterinary antimicrobials in Ireland below:
- 2011 annual report
- 2010 annual report
- 2009 annual report
The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre is responsible for gathering information on the consumption of antimicrobial drugs for human use annually as part of the European Surveillance of Antimicrobial Consumption Network (ESAC-Net).
Visit the World Health Organization website for further information on what antimicrobial resistance is and why it is such a global concern.