Veterinary Practice Guidelines for Antimicrobial Use in Post Weaning Diarrhea in Pigs

Rationale: Treatment of diarrhea in pigs post weaning is the number one reason for antibiotic use in the pig industry and therefore a major cause of antibiotic consumption in animals globally. The ban of antibiotic growth-promotors and use of medical zinc will probably increase the need for treatment additionally in years to come. Post weaning diarrhea has a multifactorial etiology including different bacterial and virus infections. In addition, non-infections causes of diarrhea exist. This make prober diagnostics, selection of antibiotic substance, route of administration, dose and length of treatment very important to secure a prudent use of antibiotics for treatment of diarrhea. These elements need to be addressed in a guideline on Antimicrobial Use in Post Weaning Diarrhea in Pigs.

Target audience: European veterinary practitioners

For the drafting group we are looking for veterinary epidemiologists

The European Veterinary practice guidelines on antimicrobial use for post weaning diarrhea in pigs will be a joint ENOVAT/ESGVM set of guidelines and the drafting group is chaired by Ken Steen Pedersen (chair) and Ana Vale (co-chair).

If you are interested in joining please contact Ken ( and Ana (


Ken Steen PedersenDenmarkUniversity of CopenhagenPorcine Health
Ana P. ValeIrelandUniversity College DublinVeterinary
John Elmerdahl OlsenDenmarkUniversity of CopenhagenBacteriology 
Ronette GehringHollandUtrecht UniversityPharmacology 
Jeroen DewulfBelgiumGhent UniversityEpidemiology 
Enric MarcoSpainMarco vetgrupSwine practice 
John van der WielenHollandDeVarkenspraktijkSwine practice 
Dolf KümmerlenSwitzerlandVetsuisse-Fakultät Universität ZürichPorcine Health Management 
Magdalena JacobsonSwedenSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesPorcine Health Management 
Laura BoyleIrelandTeagascAnimal Welfare 
Josef KamphuesGermanyUniversity of Veterinary Medicine HannoverNutrition