What is the Future of Veterinary Medicine?

Jun. 29, 2021

The future of veterinary medicine has always been very promising. As long as people have animals, they will want someone to provide them with medical care, such as Animal Injections. As technology continues to improve, it will become a bigger and bigger part of veterinary medicine as it becomes better and more affordable.

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First, there is a new piece of legislation that will take effect in January called the Veterinary Feed Directive. The Veterinary Feed Directive states that all antibiotics must be administered on the order of a veterinarian and be prescribed. This is caused by traceable antibiotic resistance, as healthy animals become breeding grounds for drug-resistant bacteria. Hasn't this always been the case? In fact it wasn't. Licensed feed companies can now sell feed containing antibiotics as a maintenance product to prevent disease and in some cases to promote growth. After the VFD goes into effect, these feeds will not be available. Or, you will have to have a prescription to use them. For veterinarians, this means more work. Especially when we start talking about feed mills and other commercial cattle, sheep, swine, goat, etc. operations.

The second idea that developed also came about in response to antibiotic resistance. Many antibiotics are used in both human and animal medicine due to physiological similarities. Penicillin, Amoxicillin Injection and cephalosporins are all commonly used antibiotics in both fields of medicine. However, because of this, bacteria capable of infecting humans and bacteria present in animal hosts as pathogenic or dormant microorganisms acquire resistance from their use in animal medicine and then subsequently infect humans. These humans are treated with the same antibiotics that are used in animals, but are ineffective. As a result, there has been a strong push to further delineate these two areas. Human medicine is already well funded for research, but veterinary medicine will get a little bonus. The idea is that we will develop antibiotics specifically for animals and leave the human antibiotics to humans to prevent cross-resistance.

In short, the technology will improve, of that I have no doubt. Secondly, in the near future we will see some pretty big changes in the way we use antibiotics. Please feel free to contact Animal Medicine Supplier if you need them

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