Veterinary Surgeons should provide a written prescription for horse owners on request unless medicines are not suitable for the treatment of a specific condition such as:
- medicines that can only be administered by intravenous injection
- medicines that need to be imported using the VMD import scheme
- special veterinary medicines that can only be provided to veterinary surgeons
- medicines for immediate use of for treatment of inpatients
When prescribing the animal should be 'under your care', having undergone an examination for the assessment of the condition being treated, although repeat prescriptions can be provided without examination on each occasion. The RCVS expect you to set a policy for the frequency of examination needed for ongoing treatment and make clients aware of this policy.
We have provided a prescription form and a no-antibiotic prescription available to all vets to use to ensure you are complying with all of the requirements of current legislation. These forms follow our best practice for prescribing medicines.