Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease, which even in the presence of high sanitary standards and good management can occur with a serious potential impact on animal welfare and possible high mortality rates. Effective coccidiostats are at the moment indispensable to protect the health and welfare of poultry and other species against coccidiosis.

FVE believes that all coccidiostats should be under veterinary prescription following clinical examination and diagnosis; this would allow for better surveillance and the veterinarian to diagnose and choose the best strategy to extend the useful life of coccidiostats, such as through ‘shuttle use’ or ‘rotational use’ or the use of vaccines.