Veterinary medicines

The regulation of veterinary medicines takes place at both the national and state level. The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority is the Australian Government agency responsible for registering veterinary medicines and ensuring compliance with regulations relating to their advertising and promotion.

Sale, prescription, dispensing and use of veterinary medicines is controlled by state and territory drugs and poisons legislation. This legislation is administered by the department of health in each jurisdiction.

The AVA provides advice on the use and regulation of veterinary medicines across all these agencies. The ultimate goal of advocacy on these issues is safe, responsible use of medicines in animals, the protection of international trade and domestic food supplies from unsafe medication residues, and maximising the benefits to animals of pharmaceuticals.



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