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Protect Me Toolkit

Our award-winning ToolKit, modelled on the BSAVA PROTECT guidelines, has been developed to support you to develop practice policies for responsible use of antibiotics.



About the ToolKit

There is considerable evidence in human health that auditing antimicrobial use can be a powerful tool to changing prescribing practices. If the highest priority critically important antibiotics are used sparingly then we can preserve their effectiveness for the future. BEVA has created a flexible framework allowing veterinary surgeons to undertake effective clinical audit without significantly impacting on working practices. This toolkit will help equine veterinary practices comply with their obligations under the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme.

The Protect Me philosophy should limit the development of resistance and demonstrate to regulatory authorities that veterinary surgeons play an important role in preventing multi-drug resistance. 

Protect Me does not dictate practice policy, it is a toolkit that will help your practice to develop your own policies. These should not be overly restrictive or limit clinical freedom. 

Acknowledgement: The PROTECT acronym was developed by the Small Animal Medicine Society for the BSAVA. This was modified for BEVA by M. Bowen and J.Slater in 2012. 



The Toolkits Template and Guides

The Protect Me Toolkit has a series of templates, guides, and resources that will enable you as a practice to implement an antimicrobial policy that will help ensure that as a profession we safeguard antibiotics. Please download and use the resources that are available.

The templates are by no means presented as the ideal antimicrobial policy. They are examples that you can amend as appropriate for your practice. 

We would also encourage you to share your own version of the practice policy document with us, via the submit button on the template, so that we can aim to achieve a consensus for at least some of these clinical conditions.

practice policy

Practice Policy Template

The practice policy template will enable you to set dose and routes of administration of common antimicrobials. (note: if you open the form in a web browser you may lose some functionality).

Example Practice Protocol

The example practice protocol will take you through the decision making process for use of protected antimicrobials.


No antibiotic required form

No antibiotic prescription form

Use the BEVA no antibiotic prescription form when you are not prescribing an antibiotic

Safeguarding antibiotics leaflet

Safeguarding antibiotics fact sheet

Share our safeguarding antibiotics Q&A to provide clients with further information.

Practice Poster

Practice Poster

Use our poster to promote the importance of protecting antibiotics to clients



Antimicrobial Virtual Issue

Ensure your vets are up to date with the latest antimicrobial resistance research with EVJ's collection of recently published articles

Access the issue