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What are the priorities of CANTER?

CANTER organisational structure

CANTER consists of a core steering group supported by seven specific subgroups to underpin the aims of the group. These seven subgroups are identified as:

  1. Develop, maintain and promote evidence-based best practice guidelines for sustainable, responsible and practical strategies for parasite control in equines 
  2. Facilitate equine education and knowledge exchange around anthelmintic resistance (wormer resistance)
  3. Deliver proactive and consistent communications and raise awareness of CANTER activities and outputs   
  4. Promote effective use and standardisation of diagnostic and monitoring tools to increase confidence in results
  5. Identify potential collaboration and funding opportunities to address research and data gaps
  6. Consider regulatory or guidance changes to promote evidence-based antiparasitic use and stewardship

These subgroups will enable wider participation with the work of CANTER and may operate differently depending on their associated activities. The core steering group will act to provide strategic direction for CANTER and agree it’s priorities and scope for the subgroups to take agreed actions forward.

Best Practice Guidelines

The core steering group have agreed that the initial priorities of the group are to Develop best practice guidelines for responsible and practical strategies for parasite control in equines.  These guidelines will be aimed at ALL prescribers and will include the considerations required to inform prescribing decisions to optimise the prescribing process. 

A working group has been established to develop these guidelines and once published CANTER will work to promote awareness of these guidelines and their uptake across the industry. The aim is to publish Best Practice Guidelines before the end of 2023.

Three further subgroups

Alongside this three further subgroups are currently established:

  1. A communication subgroup to develop CANTER’s communication strategy to raise awareness of the Group’s formation (name, brand and purpose) and activities including reaching those across the industry
  2. A Diagnostics/monitoring subgroup to help promote and standardise faecal egg count testing by developing guidance
  3. A research subgroup to identify and prioritise evidence gaps and identify potential funders

Minutes and actions from Core Steering Group meetings can be downloaded here.
If you would like to get involved in any of these aspects of CANTER please register your interest here.