About us

What we do

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) protects animal health, public health and the environment.

We promote animal health and welfare by assuring the safety, quality and efficacy of veterinary medicines.

Who we are

As an executive agency of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) we contribute to their objectives to protect public health and meet high standards of animal welfare. Our work also helps the Food Standards Agency to protect and improve the safety of food people eat.

Around 160 people, a mixture of scientific and administrative staff, work at our offices near Addlestone, Surrey.

Our responsibilities

We’re responsible for:

  • monitoring and taking action on reports of bad effects from veterinary medicines
  • testing for residues of veterinary medicines or illegal substances in animals and animal products
  • assessing applications for and authorising companies to sell veterinary medicines in the UK and the EU
  • controlling how veterinary medicines are made and distributed
  • advising government ministers on developing veterinary medicines policy and putting it into action
  • making, updating and enforcing UK legislation on veterinary medicines

Our priorities

From 2014 to 2015, our priorities will be to:

  • continue to develop plans for the implementation of the UK antimicrobial resistance strategy
  • delivery of core business to the satisfaction of customers
  • achieve full cost recovery for the budget of £14.5m
  • influence the development of revised legislation for veterinary medicines, medicated feeds and residues surveillance
  • continue to play leading roles in the UK and the EU on antibiotic resistance

Published standards

From 2015 to 2016, published standards (PDF, 78.8KB, 10 pages) for our regulatory work relate to a number of business priorities, key activities, KPIs and other indicators in the VMD Business plan (PDF, 123KB, 14 pages) .

Corporate information

Access our information

Jobs and contracts

Read about the types of information we routinely publish in our Publication scheme. Our Personal information charter explains how we treat your personal information.

Corporate reports