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Availability of animal medicines

Explains how medicines for animals are made available including if there is no suitably licensed product available in the UK.



Veterinary medicines which have a marketing authorisation have been assessed to ensure they are of the appropriate quality, can be used safely (for the animal, the user, the environment and if appropriate the consumer) and are effective when used in accordance with the instructions on the label.

Information covered includes:

  • the order of veterinary prescribing - the cascade
  • the Veterinary Medicines Directorate’s import schemes
  • the exemption provision for small pet animals
  • measures taken to improve availability
  • supply issues