Practices and knoweldge of animal health professionals have an strong collective dimension: they are dependent on professional groups and organisations which are controlling the use of and access to antibiotics in livestock farming. Farmers, for instance, are inserted into multiple networks with actors who are providing them with various inputs (feed manufacturers, breeding companies, veterinarians) or who buy their animals (cooperatives, slaughterhouses, supermarkets). The ways farmers use antibiotics are thus determined by the standards, contracts or technical and financial constraints that tie them more or less firmly to these actors. Our projects therefore seek to understand how these norms shape animal health professional's knoweldge and practices.
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