Can veterinarians fill another veterinarian’s prescriptions?

I often receive requests to dispense medicines by potential clients.

The short answer to the question is, YES, as a registered veterinarian, I can obtain, possess, administer, supply, or prescribe medicines including antibiotics for your fish or other aquatic animals, provided I have examined them personally.

However, a veterinarian is unable to dispense medicines. That is, we are not allowed to fill prescriptions created by another veterinarian. Only the veterinarians who have examined your animals can prescribe/dispense in each case. This was in the latest newsletter by the Veterinary Surgeons Board WA.

I do provide remote consultancy (via phone or Skype), and so any advice given can only be general, and medicines cannot be dispensed or prescribed.

To arrange a remote (phone or Skype) consultation, please select the item from the shopping cart at ;

If medicines are needed, and there’s no fish vet in your area, it’s best to work through your local general veterinary practitioner. They can collect diagnostic samples to send to me for testing. Once I’ve made the diagnosis, I can advise your veterinarian on the course of action. In this way, I will be able help you, your fish, or farm.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh 

DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.
THE FISH VET, Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA. 

Mobile Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383

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