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What’s the point of farm-level antibiotic usage data analysis?

Clarity; clarity of the scale of the problem; clarity of the level of usage on each farm; clarity of the impacts of that usage. That’s the point of farm-level surveillance data.

Real life consequences of AMR for farmers

In a detailed article The Economist (January 26th 2019 “Battling superbugs: First, Wash your hands” reports on the zero-tolerance approach taken in Dutch hospitals to antibiotic resistant infections. There were several scary findings in the article. The investment of time, resources, training and facilities required to save lives and reduce the risks from antibiotic resistant bugs

A how-to guide for addressing overuse of antibiotics on-farm

This week (12th – 18th November 2018) is the World Health Organisation’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week. While there is no denying the work being carried out by many organisations, groups, institutions and individuals in the fight to save antibiotics, at VirtualVet we are still frustrated with the lack of impact on the ground. Every day

AMR is real and on-farm antibiotic rules are changing.

October has seen several high profile media outlets cover antibiotic usage in food producing animals. VirtualVet welcomes the attention this issue is generating, but fears the coverage will be ignored by many within the industry – including farmers and their vets. The strongest piece from an Irish point of view, was the coverage in the

A new network to combat anthelmintic resistance in livestock

VirtualVet is delighted to join this new network to combat anthelmintic resistance in livestock. Warsaw, February 2017 – 59 researchers from 25 countries met for the first time at the University of Life Sciences of Warsaw in Poland to discuss a coordinated approach in tackling anthelmintic resistance in ruminants. Anthelmintics are a particular drug class

Animal drug usage data for sale

Farmers’ newest asset – animal drug usage data for sale. At VirtualVet we’ve been very busy for the last number of months rolling out our multi-channel animal drug usage data collection service to farmers, vets and the wider agri-food & animal health industries. The level of interest from farmers, vets and animal health suppliers has

A service to help Ireland’s National Action Plan on AMR

VirtualVet welcomes the launch of Ireland’s ‘One Health’ National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance 2017-2020. The growing threat of antimicrobial resistance must be tackled through collaboration between animal and human health sectors. VirtualVet is gathering animal health data in near real-time providing accurate digital information to help stakeholders more accurately measure antibiotic and antimicrobial usage

Finding the value in Animal Health Data

In March 2017 the AHEAD 2017 workshop allowed an open discussion on how some of the gaps in animal health and drug usage data could be filled. We also discussed how filling those gaps could be paid for. More specifically, we detailed the actors along the value chain for whom these filled gaps would be

VirtualVet – What we do & why.

To help others realise the level of support and help out there for start-up businesses, WLRfm recently visited VirtualVet to chat about our experiences with the Local Enterprise Office. The brief video below describes how and why we started the business, name drops a few great mentors and a source of inspiration, encourages ceaseless research

Sinead Quealy joins advisory board of Project Mooo

A few months ago, following our work on AHEAD 2017, I met Param Singh of UDAY Skills. Param and his team are leading an interesting rural development project in Punjab, India, focused on dairy farmers and the importance of sustainable and profitable dairy farmers to a rural economy and community – Project Moo. Param was