Anthelmintic Toolkit
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Our protectMEtoo toolkit is there to help vets and practices to develop anthelmintic policies for the better, more responsible use of dewormers.

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p: practice policy
r: risk assess
  • Use risk assessment to develop tailored parasite control programmes for equestrian properties which reduce indiscriminate use of dewormers.
o: other methods of control

Reduce the need for treatment in each population by encouraging: 

  • Improved pasture hygiene
  • Co-grazing with ruminants
  • Reduced stocking density
  • Resting pastures
  • Rotation of grazing
  • Avoiding harrowing
t: target treatment to high egg shedders
  • Carry out faecal egg counts (FECs) to help identify those individuals which are shedding high numbers of eggs, and treat accordingly, as these are the main source of parasites. 
  • Where risk is low and management systems allow, consider using >500 epg as the threshold for treatment.
e: environmental sustainability
c: check for drug efficacy
t: test for tapeworms
  • High tapeworm antibody titres indicate exposure, and possible infection.
  • Testing before treatment will help identify those who do not require retreatment.
M: monitor the herd
  • Testing one is better than none; but testing the group together is best of all. 
E: educate
  • To protect the viability of equine businesses.
  • To delay the onset of resistance and extend the lifespan of currently available anthelmintics.
  • To prevent unnecessary illness and death from endoparasitism.
  • To reduce the negative impacts of ecotoxic drugs on the local environment.
too: protect anthelmintics as well as antibiotics
  • Anthelmintics should be afforded the same respect as antimicrobials.
  • We have fewer options to turn to and we have resistance to all of them.

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Useful Links
  1. EVJ Editorial
  2. "Less is more: Anthelmintic stewardship in an era of ubiquitous anthelmintic resistance and environmental sustainability"

  3. CANTER
  4. Controlling ANTiparasitic resistance in Equines Responsibility

  5. Transatlantic Equine Clinic
  6. Helminths - Can We Stop the Global Tsunami of Resistance

  7. Clinical Catch-Up
  8. Tackling Yard Worm Resistance

  9. Primary Care Clinical Guidelines Workshop
  10. Worm Control and Pars Pituitary Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID)