A European Parliament amendment that “invites the Member States to consider restricting veterinarians from, in non-acute cases, selling veterinary medicines directly to farmers and other animal owners, thus reducing the incentive to prescribe more antimicrobials than needed,” has been rejected by the Agriculture and Rural Development committee.

According to the British Veterinary Association and Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, the passing of the amendment would negatively affect herd health planning, animal health and welfare and food animal practice. The BVA and the FVE had lobbied members of the AGRI committee to gain support for the rejection.