How to use antibiotics responsibly: Advice for the owners of horses and other equidae

Antibiotic resistance, or the ability of some bacteria to survive antibiotics, is a threat to both human and animal health. There is evidence to suggest that antibiotic resistance in bacteria found in horses can result in transfer of resistance to bacteria in humans, thus reducing the ability of doctors to treat bacterial infections in people. A failure to use antibiotics responsibly is the main cause of resistance in man and animals and we all have a duty to select and prescribe antibiotics appropriately so that these vital medicines remain effective.