Consumption of antimicrobials in livestock in Germany - the pilot study "VetCAb"
As in several other European countries, data on the consumption of antimicrobials in animal husbandry shall be continuously collected in Germany. To take into account national legislation, a national route for data collection needed to be developed. To achieve this, during the years 2007 and 2008 a feasibility study was conducted where different routes of data collection were evaluated. On the basis of these results, a pilot study was started with the aim to collect representative data. During 2011/2012 data are collected in both, animal holdings and veterinary surgeries on the antimicrobials used. A representative sample is collected in 8 provincial districts distributed over Germany and ensuring representativeness for the country.