Using Medicines Responsibly

RUMA brings together organisations from right across the livestock supply chain and seeks to promote a co-ordinated and integrated approach to the responsible use of medicines in UK livestock.

RUMA provides a wealth of useful downloadable documentation on the responsible use of medicines for Antibiotics, Antimicrobials, Antiparasitics, Vaccines and general information

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As part of a ‘One Health’ strategy for tackling AMR in people, animals and the environment, the medical and veterinary professions have been tasked with reducing unnecessary and inappropriate prescriptions of antibiotics.
While the responsible use of antibiotics is vital, retaining access to antibiotics to treat disease in farm animals is essential to safeguard animal health & welfare as well as food safety.


Antimicrobial is the general term for any compound used for treatment or prevention of infections with a direct action on micro-organisms.
Antimicrobials include a wide range of compounds, such as anti-bacterials, anti-virals, anti-fungals and antiprotozoals.


Antiparasitic drugs are a group of medications used in the management and treatment of infections by parasites. Antiparasitic drugs include several classes of drugs that cover a broad range of diseases caused by parasites.


Vaccines protect the welfare of farm animals by preventing or reducing disease. Healthy animals are the foundation of healthy food, which means vaccination can help safeguard food from farm to fork.


RUMA has worked with its members and key stakeholders to produce a range of general farm guidelines on the responsible use of medicines.


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