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Roadmap project shares approaches for a more prudent use of antimicrobials in animal production

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14 January 2023, Europe: FiBL Switzerland is a partner in the EU project ROADMAP, which aims to transition towards prudent antimicrobial use (AMU) in animal production in a large variety of contexts. The project will hold four online trainings in 2023 focussing on different topics related to Antimicrobial Use (AMU) and its reduction, as well as other matters concerning the goals and key points of the ROADMAP project.

Each training will be taught by some of the ROADMAP project partners, who will share their knowledge and expertise with the attendants.

​​January 17, 2023 | 13:00 – 14:30 CET

Stable schools as a participatory method to work towards recued AMU at farm level will be presented by Mette Vaarst from AU-ICROFS and will explain the methodology of the so-called “Stable Schools” which is a farmer-advice-farmer methodology, applied by actors in the Danish and Swiss living labs during the ROADMAP project to minimize antibiotic use, and facilitation will be discussed in our many different contexts. It is aimed at advisors and vets interested in working with stable schools. 

February 14, 2023 | 13:00 – 14:30 CET

Living lab methodologies and examples from working in agriculture will be presented by Bernadette Oehen (FiBL), Mette Vaarst (AU-ICROFS), Annick Spaans (ZLTO) and Florence Beaugrand (ONIRIS). This webinar explains how the project has used the living lab methodology to move towards a more prudent use of antimicrobials in the ROADMAP project in seven countries. The session will include interactive discussions on how living labs can fit to different contexts and is aimed at researchers in EU projects or people working with living labs.

​March 14, 2023 | 13:00 – 14:30 CET

Coaching and motivational interviewing will be presented by Annick Spaans (ZLTO) and Caroline Bonckaert (DGZ). This webinar explains the coaching methodology applied to Dutch and Belgian farms during the ROADMAP project to reduce antibiotic use together with the farmer, the veterinarian and the advisor. The first steps of this methodology will also be practiced. It is aimed at advisors and vets interested in coaching as part of their advisory service, and at farmers.

​April 4, 2023 | 13:00 – 14:30 CET

Promoting preventive approaches to animal health will be presented by Nicolas Fortané (INRAE). This webinar will highlight the results of the ROADMAP project regarding the issues faced by the veterinary profession, related to the development of preventive approaches to animal health. It will discuss the levers and breaks for such a development and propose to work on identifying the efficient key messages to encourage veterinarians to support and adopt such approaches. This training is aimed at veterinarians.

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