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A survey on parasite management by equine veterinarians highlights the need for a regulation change.

Sallé G, Cabaret J - Vet Rec Open (2015)

Bottom Line: This was associated with the report of many off-label uses of anthelmintics and the frequent buying of drugs using the internet.Given the critical situation regarding anthelmintic resistance, it seems necessary for veterinarians to reclaim parasite management and prevention as a specific topic.Implementation of stricter regulations for use of anthelmintics, like the one applied in Denmark, may make parasitic management in equids more sustainable.

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Affiliation: INRA, UMR1282 Infectiologie et Santé Publique , Nouzilly , France ; Université François Rabelais de Tours, UMR1282 Infectiologie et Santé Publique , Tours , France.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: In-depth knowledge of the use of anthelminthics in the field, especially by veterinarians, is required to design more sustainable parasite control strategies.

Materials and methods: An online survey was sent by e-mail to 940 equine veterinary practitioners to describe their equine practice, their awareness about parasites and the management strategies they apply.

Results: Gastrointestinal parasites were generally considered (68%) as an issue of moderate importance. Drug efficacy failure was a minor or moderate issue for 47% and 48% of responders, respectively. Parasite management mostly relied on the use of systematic calendar treatments across a wide variety of horse owners (ie, riding schools, studs or hobby horse owners). Almost half of the practitioners (42%) never performed Faecal Egg Count (FEC) before drenching. Horse owners or their employees in charge of equines were reported to be the only person managing drenching in 59% of the collected answers. This was associated with the report of many off-label uses of anthelmintics and the frequent buying of drugs using the internet.

Conclusions: Given the critical situation regarding anthelmintic resistance, it seems necessary for veterinarians to reclaim parasite management and prevention as a specific topic. Implementation of stricter regulations for use of anthelmintics, like the one applied in Denmark, may make parasitic management in equids more sustainable.

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Basic description of the responders. This figure draws a picture of the main characteristics associated with responders’ practice by plotting distributions of the practice sizes (a), the ages of responders (b), the proportion of horses in practice (c) and the total number of horses in practice (d). In each case, a bar plot is provided that indicates the count of responders falling in one of the indicated categories (total count of 91 responders)
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VETRECO2014000104F1: Basic description of the responders. This figure draws a picture of the main characteristics associated with responders’ practice by plotting distributions of the practice sizes (a), the ages of responders (b), the proportion of horses in practice (c) and the total number of horses in practice (d). In each case, a bar plot is provided that indicates the count of responders falling in one of the indicated categories (total count of 91 responders)

Mentions: Out of the 115 received answers, 91 complete questionnaires (response rate of 9 per cent) were used for analysis. Half of French counties (n=52) were represented, including some overseas territories (Guadeloupe, Martinique and Nouvelle-Calédonie), the top represented counties being located in the Normandie and Aquitaine regions, which have an important equine activity. Basic typological features about veterinary practices are reported in Fig 1. Most of the responders were between 30 and 40 years old and worked in medium-size practices, that is, 4.5 veterinarians employees in the clinic on average (Fig 1a, b). Responders were highly specialised with more than a quarter (28 per cent) of the responders working in practice where the share of equine activity represented 100 per cent of the total occupation (Fig 1c) and more than half of the responders having at least 500 horses in their veterinary practice (Fig 1d).


A survey on parasite management by equine veterinarians highlights the need for a regulation change.

Sallé G, Cabaret J - Vet Rec Open (2015)

Basic description of the responders. This figure draws a picture of the main characteristics associated with responders’ practice by plotting distributions of the practice sizes (a), the ages of responders (b), the proportion of horses in practice (c) and the total number of horses in practice (d). In each case, a bar plot is provided that indicates the count of responders falling in one of the indicated categories (total count of 91 responders)
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VETRECO2014000104F1: Basic description of the responders. This figure draws a picture of the main characteristics associated with responders’ practice by plotting distributions of the practice sizes (a), the ages of responders (b), the proportion of horses in practice (c) and the total number of horses in practice (d). In each case, a bar plot is provided that indicates the count of responders falling in one of the indicated categories (total count of 91 responders)
Mentions: Out of the 115 received answers, 91 complete questionnaires (response rate of 9 per cent) were used for analysis. Half of French counties (n=52) were represented, including some overseas territories (Guadeloupe, Martinique and Nouvelle-Calédonie), the top represented counties being located in the Normandie and Aquitaine regions, which have an important equine activity. Basic typological features about veterinary practices are reported in Fig 1. Most of the responders were between 30 and 40 years old and worked in medium-size practices, that is, 4.5 veterinarians employees in the clinic on average (Fig 1a, b). Responders were highly specialised with more than a quarter (28 per cent) of the responders working in practice where the share of equine activity represented 100 per cent of the total occupation (Fig 1c) and more than half of the responders having at least 500 horses in their veterinary practice (Fig 1d).

Bottom Line: This was associated with the report of many off-label uses of anthelmintics and the frequent buying of drugs using the internet.Given the critical situation regarding anthelmintic resistance, it seems necessary for veterinarians to reclaim parasite management and prevention as a specific topic.Implementation of stricter regulations for use of anthelmintics, like the one applied in Denmark, may make parasitic management in equids more sustainable.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: INRA, UMR1282 Infectiologie et Santé Publique , Nouzilly , France ; Université François Rabelais de Tours, UMR1282 Infectiologie et Santé Publique , Tours , France.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: In-depth knowledge of the use of anthelminthics in the field, especially by veterinarians, is required to design more sustainable parasite control strategies.

Materials and methods: An online survey was sent by e-mail to 940 equine veterinary practitioners to describe their equine practice, their awareness about parasites and the management strategies they apply.

Results: Gastrointestinal parasites were generally considered (68%) as an issue of moderate importance. Drug efficacy failure was a minor or moderate issue for 47% and 48% of responders, respectively. Parasite management mostly relied on the use of systematic calendar treatments across a wide variety of horse owners (ie, riding schools, studs or hobby horse owners). Almost half of the practitioners (42%) never performed Faecal Egg Count (FEC) before drenching. Horse owners or their employees in charge of equines were reported to be the only person managing drenching in 59% of the collected answers. This was associated with the report of many off-label uses of anthelmintics and the frequent buying of drugs using the internet.

Conclusions: Given the critical situation regarding anthelmintic resistance, it seems necessary for veterinarians to reclaim parasite management and prevention as a specific topic. Implementation of stricter regulations for use of anthelmintics, like the one applied in Denmark, may make parasitic management in equids more sustainable.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus