Banfield is uniquely positioned to capture and analyze millions of electronic pet medical records to garner insights on topics that can ultimately improve veterinary care for pets, given it cares for 3 million pets in its more than 975 hospitals nationwide each year. With the NAVC, which is dedicated to advancing veterinary healthcare through professional development and support services, Banfield aims to advance the profession by publishing key findings.
“As the world’s largest veterinary practice, Banfield is committed to working with our profession to advance pet health,” said Daniel Aja, DVM, chief medical officer, Banfield Pet Hospital. “Joining forces with the NAVC on the first annual ‘VET Report’ enabled us to draw on our combined strengths to bring this important issue to the forefront for the veterinary profession—so that together, we can work to reduce the inappropriate use of antibiotics and ultimately be better stewards of public health.”
The 2017 “VET Report” focuses on a critically important topic and growing threat: antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Research shows AMR’s reach and impact are an ever-increasing reality and concern in companion-animal medicine. Inappropriate prescription of antibiotics in animal and human patients can result in antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” severely hampering the efficacy of antibiotics and increasing disease morbidity across the board.
As a worldwide problem, Banfield and the NAVC assert AMR awareness must become a priority for companion-animal practitioners and tackled in an ongoing and proactive manner. The “VET Report” details these findings and recommendations—and intends to encourage discussion among companion-animal practitioners on achieving better alignment with published guidelines. Key findings of the report include:
- 45 percent of companion-animal veterinarians are concerned about antimicrobial resistant infection;
- 62 percent of companion-animal veterinarians feel antimicrobials in small-animal practice impact AMR; and
- 88 percent of companion-animal veterinarians are unaware of the three existing sets of antimicrobial use guidelines
“We are thrilled to team up with Banfield on the ‘VET Report,’” said Tom Bohn, MBA, CAE, CEO of the NAVC. “This year’s topic sheds light on an important issue that doesn’t receive a lot of attention. We hope this joint effort will help generate awareness among companion animal veterinarians that they can be part of the fight against AMR.”