Veterinary chemical use records
Farmers are required 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.
Note that "stock" under the act refers to all animals that are used to produce food, or are used as food for humans, and includes bees, fish and birds.
The following records must be made within 48 hours of using a veterinary chemical product and kept for a period of two years from the date of use:
- product trade name
- species of the animal
- location of the animal
- identification number (if known) or description of the animal to distinguish the treated animal from others
- the date/s the animal was treated with the product and
- quantity of the product used for each treatment.
These records must be kept for a period of two years.
Veterinary practitioner record keeping requirements
Veterinary practitioners are required to keep records of the sale or use of veterinary chemical products that:
- a Schedule 4 Poison (Prescription Animal Remedy) substance
- not registered as a veterinary chemical product by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)
- sold without an APVMA approved label
- sold for a use not specified on the product label or
- an applicable WHP.
Veterinary practitioners who sell or use any of the veterinary chemical products above to treat stock animals are required to make the following records within 24 hours of selling or using a chemical product:
- product name
- date the product was sold/used
- directions for use
- name and address of the person purchasing the product
- quantity of the product sold/used
- species of animal to be treated
- location of the animal to be treated and
- applicable WHPs.
If the veterinary chemical product is unregistered, three additional records must be made:
- name of the active constituent
- concentration of the product at time of sale/use and
- form of product at time of sale/use.
These records must be kept for two years after the sale or use of the chemical product.