This handout contains some information about acquiring medications for the long-term treatment of your pet.
The dispensing of medications is heavily legislated and certain strict rules apply. To meet the requirements of the Australian Veterinary Association Prescription Guidelines and the Health Act 1937, your vet must abide by the following:
- There must be an active veterinarian-patient relationship (your vet must have seen your pet and be familiar with their situation). We need to see your pet every 6 months for a health check to be able to keep this relationship current. Your vet will check how your pet is going on their medication and assess whether any changes in their treatment need to be made. This health check is important for your pet’s wellbeing and to meet this legal requirement.
- Your vet is prevented by law from writing prescriptions which authorise the medication to be dispensed more than twice. This means that we cannot authorise more than one repeat per prescription.
- The period of treatment per prescription must not exceed six months’ supply.
If you have any questions or concerns about prescriptions, we are happy to help. Please call the clinic on 5572 1278.