Australian Veterinary Prescribing Guidelines
The Australian veterinary prescribing guidelines are evidence-based guidelines that have been created in a collaborative effort between the University of Melbourne’s Asia Pacific Centre for Animal Health (APCAH
) and the National Centre for Antimicrobial Stewardship. These guidelines are not static and we hope that you will also take an active role in this evolutionary process. Please suggest a disease or syndrome for guideline development where you think this would be of value.
Importantly, these guidelines are independent, and we have no conflicts of interest to declare. All peer-reviewed research findings will be considered and critiqued, and guidelines adjusted as we see appropriate for the level of confidence we have in the research completed. Where evidence is lacking, this is stated and our recommendations are then based on human literature and expert opinion.
These have been created to simply serve as guidelines for the practitioner and the veterinary industry. As such, they do not have the force of law. All guidelines issued here should be regarded as one of several tools a practitioner may take into consideration in the context of his or her practice. Many of the recommendation in this guide represent off-label use of antimicrobials. All practitioners are encouraged first and foremost to understand and comply with the laws, regulations and standard of care of their appropriate jurisdiction. While guidelines are intended to promote a standard for veterinary practice, lack of adherence to any specific guideline does not constitute grounds for disciplinary action. The University of Melbourne and APCAH shall have no liability whatsoever for any guideline.