Maggot-therapy in veterinary medicine

Res Vet Sci. 2008 Oct;85(2):394-8. doi: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2007.12.006. Epub 2008 Jan 30.


Maggot-therapy is the application of disinfected fly larvae to chronic wounds to debride the wound bed of necrotic tissue, reduce bacterial contamination and enhance the formation of healthy granulation tissue. Interest in the use of maggot-therapy in human medicine is growing as a result of the prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Maggot therapy, however, is used relatively little in veterinary medicine. Nevertheless, concern over antibiotic resistance and the increase in demand for organic husbandry and residue-free meat and milk, suggest that it is an option which merits further consideration.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Debridement / methods
  • Debridement / veterinary*
  • Diptera*
  • Larva
  • Veterinary Medicine / methods
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy*