Why can’t veterinarians dispense drugs uncontrollably?

I often receive requests from various fish keepers for drugs or for prescriptions. I always decline those who are not my clients, explaining that it’s illegal for me to do so because I’ve not seen their fish.

At today’s session at the Annual Australian Veterinary Association’s conference, Dr Peter Punch explained the reasons to the attendees.

Veterinarians operate under strict regulations, they must be registered in the state they are dispensing and we must have made a diagnosis of the patient/s’ condition before we can prescribe or dispense certain medicines.

Veterinarians need to stay current with the literature and use best practice. We can prescribe only when they’re required.


Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh
DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology) Murdoch, MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.
THE FISH VET, Perth, Western Australia.
Veterinary Medicine for fish.
W: http://www.thefishvet.com.au
E: thefishvet
P: +61 (0)421 822 383

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