Among others, the current Swiss National Strategy “StAR” aims to reduce the disposal of antimicrobials in farm animals. In Switzerland however, veterinarians make economic profit by disposing antimicrobials to farmers. A reduction of sales will therefore inevitably lead to a reduction in revenues for the veterinarian.
In collaboration with the Bovine Health Service of Zürich, SAFOSO is implementing a study to investigate alternative economic systems in which the disposal of antimicrobials will not be linked to economic benefits for the prescriber. In a first step, the veal calf value chain will be analysed in detail and policy options will be discussed with both national and international experts. In a second step, promising options will be selected and further assessed in an economical model. This model will take both the lost income and alternative added revenues for the veterinarian into account.
This project is funded by the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office.