Below you will find information on using veterinary medicines. Special sections are provided for:
- Research, testing and teaching organisations
- Anyone using vet meds on their own animals
When deciding what product to use, you should follow the risk management-based product use “cascade”, with #1 as your first choice:
- On-label use of a NZ-authorised veterinary product
- Off-label use of a NZ-authorised veterinary product
- Off-label use of a NZ-authorised (Medsafe) human product
- Import of an overseas product (veterinary product preferred but human product acceptable). Special circumstances approval to import is needed - use this form:
Application to import for special use (275 KB DOC)
- Compounding. Documented system is needed - use this guideline:
Developing a documented system for compounded vet preparations: guidelines (119 KB PDF)
Special Circumstances Approval - ACVM Information Requirements (126 KB PDF)
Residues and withholding period information
If you want information on using veterinary medicines in food-producing animals, read the following:
Classification of veterinary medicines
Registered veterinary medicines all have conditions placed on their registration to manage risks. (To see these conditions, check the ACVM product register - link above.)
For detailed information read:
Authorising purchase and use
A “restricted veterinary medicine” (RVM) is registered with extra restrictions on its sale, purchase and use. If you are a veterinarian with a current practising certificate issued by the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ), you are recognised to issue veterinary authorisations for the purchase and use of RVMs.
For more information, read:
This document provides guidelines for issuing robust veterinary operating instructions (VOIs) for non-veterinarians to use for RVMs (including RVMs for velvet antler removal)or veterinary medicines that are exempt from registration subject to veterinary control.
If you have an adverse event when using a veterinary medicine, please let us know. Go to our “If something goes wrong” page (link at left) for AER form and guideline.