Today, 23 November 2021,  the European Medicines Agency published its 11th report on the European Surveillance of Veterinary Antimicrobial Consumption (ESVAC). The report covers data from 31 countries for 2 years (2019 and 2020).

The report shows the degree of commitment to sustainable agriculture and responsible use of antimicrobials in the European Union and our members are key contributors to this success. The great efforts done by the animal health sector over the last years, which include the implementation of best practices that improve health and welfare of animals and minimise disease have resulted in a decrease of 43.2% of the overall sales of veterinary antimicrobials between 2011 and 2020, in the 25 countries across Europe that provided data during this period.

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and EASVO welcomes the report and its results.  It shows the animal health sector is on the right way, also underlined by a decrease seen in the resistance of some zoonotic bacteria e.g. E. Coli.

Veterinarians will continue to work on strengthening disease prevention to further reduce the need to use antimicrobials.

You can read more about the report in the FVE Press release