The farming industry ‘desperately’ needs rapid pen-side diagnostics and use of vaccines if it is to help tackle antimicrobial resistance, MPs were told this week.

Speaking to the UK parliament’s Health and Social Care committee, Gwyn Jones, chair of Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA), said that antibiotic use and animal welfare could not be separated. Mr Jones was giving evidence as part of a session on antimicrobial resistance, along with human health professionals.