Journal article

Antimicrobials used for surgical prophylaxis by equine veterinary practitioners in Australia

LY Hardefeldt, GF Browning, K Thursky, JR Gilkerson, H Billman-Jacobe, MA Stevenson, KE Bailey

EQUINE VETERINARY JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Antimicrobials are widely used in Australian veterinary practices, but no investigation into the classes of antimicrobials used, or the appropriateness of use in horses, has been conducted. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to describe antimicrobial use for surgical prophylaxis in equine practice in Australia. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional questionnaire survey. METHODS: An online questionnaire was used to document antimicrobial usage patterns. Information solicited in the questionnaire included demographic details of the respondents, the frequency with which antimicrobials were used for specific surgical conditions (including the dose, timing and duration of therapy) and pract..

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