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Dr Ian Battersby, Responsible Pharmaceutical Stewardship Lead at Mars Veterinary Health

Dr Ian Battersby, Responsible Pharmaceutical Stewardship Lead at Mars Veterinary Health

Dr Ian Battersby Promoted To Global Pharmaceutical Stewardship Role Within Mars Veterinary Health

3 weeks ago

10th June, 2022 14h14

Linnaeus Group

Mars Veterinary Health has appointed Dr Ian Battersby, BVSc DSAM DipECVIM FRCVS, as its global Responsible Pharmaceutical Stewardship Lead. 

In his new role, Dr Battersby will guide the development of interventions, strategies, process changes and campaigns to improve responsible pharmaceutical usage across Mars Veterinary Health’s 2,500+ global veterinary clinics. 

Dr Battersby was previously Head of Internal Medicine at Hertfordshire-based Davies Veterinary Specialists and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) subject matter expert on the clinical board of Linnaeus, one of the UK’s leading veterinary groups. Linnaeus is owned by Mars Veterinary Health. 

The newly created role is one of several actions Mars Veterinary Health is taking to promote pharmaceutical stewardship and combat antimicrobial resistance as part of its sustainability work. These efforts include implementation of a formal responsible pharmaceutical stewardship programme across all its veterinary clinics globally during the next several years.

“As one of the leading providers of veterinary care in the world, we have a unique opportunity – and responsibility – to lead the way toward a more sustainable profession,” said Dr Battersby. “Antimicrobial resistance is a critical One Health issue, and I look forward to continue working with colleagues across more than 2,500 clinics to support responsible antibiotic prescribing. Energy and interest in this area is growing profession-wide, demonstrating a reassuring recognition of how we can make meaningful improvements for people, pets, and the planet long into the future.” 

During his time at Davies, Dr Battersby contributed to pharmaceutical stewardship advancements such as developing and publishing the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) ‘PROTECT Antibiotics’ Scheme, now known as the PROTECT ME campaign.  

For his work in antibiotic stewardship, he received the BSAVA Melton Award in 2013 and was awarded a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) fellowship in 2019 for meritorious contributions to clinical practice. He also routinely shares best practices with the industry at local, national, and international veterinary conferences. 

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