Labels and advice notes
All veterinary chemical products dispensed by a veterinarian must be appropriately labelled and provided with an advice note where appropriate. This includes the routine dispensing of Schedule 4 (Prescription Animal Remedy) products and unregistered veterinary chemicals, as well as authorisation of the off-label use of other veterinary chemical products registered for food producing animals in pigs, chickens, sheep and cattle.
Labels and advice notes will include the following information:
- business name, address and telephone number of the veterinary practitioner
- date the product was sold
- name of the owner or person in charge of the animal
- species and type (breed, age and sex), or the species and tag identification number of animal to be treated
- directions for treating the animal with the product (including the method of administration, dose rate, dose frequency and number of days of treatment)
- withholding period (WHP) for the species treated (if no WHP applies, use the statement, 'Nil Withholding Requirement')
- name of the poison or controlled substance or a trade name which clearly identifies the poison or controlled substance, and its strength and form
- quantity of product in the container
If the veterinary chemical product is unregistered, the following additional information will be included on the label or advice note:
- name of the active constituent
- concentration and form of the active constituent.
Advice notes for off-label treatments should be signed by the owner or person in charge of the animal to ensure they are aware of the conditions of the use.