Antimicrobial use in dairy cattle explored through mixed methods. Focusing on the farmer-veterinarian collaboration
PhD thesis by: Nanna Krogh Skjølstrup
Farmers and veterinarians are the primary responsible actors for refining or reducing antimicrobial use (AMU) within dairy cattle. Their collaborative framework of veterinary herd health consultancy (VHHC) comprises an obvious setting to explicitly work towards this task. Research shows that changing AMU is a complex issue for the individual farmer or veterinarian, involving many influential barriers and motivators. Identifying these factors and what in particular can influence veterinarians and farmers within a specific context remains an important task in achieving rational AMU.
This thesis therefore aims to identify and clarify the factors that influence farmers’ and veterinarians’ AMU, both from a national and international perspective.