Recording veterinary chemical use
The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical (Control of Use) Regulations 2017 require farmers to keep certain records when treating stock animals with a veterinary chemical product that is classified as a 'Prescription animal remedy' (Schedule 4 Poison), any animal health product which has a withholding period (WHP) or is a hormonal growth promotant.
The following records must be made within 48 hours of using an agricultural chemical product and kept for a period of two years from the date of use:
- product trade name
- date/s the animal(s) was treated with the product
- species of animal
- location of the animal (e.g. shed or pen number or address if the animal is located on a property different to the farm's home address)
- quantity of the product used for each treatment.
- Identification number (if known), description or name that distinguishes the animal from any other in the herd or flock
These records must be made within 48 hours of using the veterinary chemical product and kept for two years from the date of use.
Note that different record keeping requirements apply to veterinary practitioners.
Record keeping templates
You may keep your records in a format that suits you (e.g. hand written, computer generated, using record books or as part of a quality assurance program). You may also use the record keeping templates developed by Agriculture Victoria. The only requirement is that they contain all the required information, are clear, accurate and must be readily available to an authorised officer upon request.
Records may be made by a third party (e.g. a supervisor or assistant) or via automated data logging, but the user must ensure they are accurate and are kept for required period.