Many pet illnesses require long-term medication that can extend to many years. The Medicines Act of 1968 lays down comprehensive control over all aspects of veterinary (and human) medicines. A vet is permitted to purchase, supply and prescribe veterinary medicines provided they are for an “animal under his/her care.”
The guidelines are that:
- the vet must be given full responsibility for the health of the animal in question by the owner/keeper.
- the care of the animal by the vet should be real – not just that the animal is registered with the practice. The vet must at least have seen the animal for diagnosis or prescription.
- The vet has examined the animal sufficiently often and recently to have an accurate picture of its current health.
It is illegal for a vet to prescribe drugs repeatedly for an animal which has not been seen for a long period of time. This law is intended to protect animals from the consequences of possible side-effects and gradual changes in the disease being treated.
We perform a clinical examination and re-assessment of our patients on long-term medication every 4 months.
Phone to notify us at least 24 hours before you want to collect a repeat prescription as a vet must check and approve all prescriptions and drugs may need to be ordered in. Please don’t leave it until the last tablet before you decide to re-order medications.