MEPs this week formally endorsed measures to address the risks of outbreaks of animal disease such as avian bird flu or foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease. There is also increased emphasis on diseases which are transmissible to humans. The new Animal Health Law reinforces the existing obligatory reporting by farmers, animals professionals and vets. The Animal Health Law does three important things: it links animal health and welfare to human health; it enables the authorities and producers to focus more closely on prevention and control of transmissible animal diseases and it merges around 40 legal acts into one basic act.
This simplification is to be welcomed by all stakeholders in the farming industry. But perhaps most important is the recognition of the link between animal health and human health. The increased emphasis on responsible use of antibiotics is anticipated to tackle the growing issue of antimicrobial resistant infections in humans; this is where VirtualVet comes in.
VirtualVet’s smartphone app and web portal are designed to capture and report, in near real-time, all on farm animal treatments.