October 25, 2021


Use of veterinary antibiotics in Germany increased last year



The use of veterinary antibiotics has increased slightly in Germany in 2020, according to data from the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL).


Based on the data, a total of 701 tonnes of veterinary antibiotics were administered, 31 tonnes more than in the previous year (+4.6%). Compared to 2011 (the first year with recorded data), antibiotics were down 59%.


As in previous years, the largest quantities of antibiotics dispensed were penicillins (278 tonnes) and tetracyclines (148 tonnes). They were followed by sulfonamides (65 tonnes), macrolides (61 tonnes) and polypeptide antibiotics (60 tonnes).


The amount of fluoroquinolones, particularly important in human treatment, increased slightly in 2020 (four tonnes, +6.7% over the previous year). Despite this slight increase, it was well below the initial value in 2011 (-22%).


In contrast, there was a decrease in polypeptide antibiotics compared to the previous year (-9.2%), reaching its lowest level since 2011.


From 2011 to 2020, there was a reduction of 2.2 tonnes (-63.4%) for third- and fourth-generation cephalosporins and 67 tonnes (-53%) for polypeptide antibiotics.


For macrolides, there was an increase of 3.7 tonnes (+6.4%) in 2020 compared to the previous year, but between 2011 and 2020, there was a reduction of 112 tonnes (-64.9%).


- BVL (Germany)