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Recognition of Veterinarians Notice and Veterinary Operating Instructions Guidance


The use of restricted veterinary medicines (RVMs) requires government overview. Conditions of registration are imposed on RVMs so that they can only be bought and used under appropriate authorisation from a person recognised by MPI.

This notice gives the requirements that must be met by veterinarians recognised to authorise the purchase and use of RVMs. The guidance document gives veterinarians advice on issuing veterinary operating instructions (VOIs), as part of the authorisation process. It also includes an appendix with specific guidelines on RVMs for deer velvet antler removal.


MPI invites you to comment on the attached drafts:

MPI's particularly interested in your comments on the requirements for issuing veterinary authorisations that are specified in the Notice. We'd also welcome comments on the guidelines for veterinarians to use when issuing veterinary operating instructions (VOIs) and the specific guidelines relating to RVMs for deer velvet antler removal. 

How to make a submission

Submissions close 5.00pm, 29 May 2015

Include the following information with your submission:

  • Your name and title
  • Your organisation’s name, where applicable
  • Your address and contact details (phone, fax, and e-mail, if available)
  • The title and number of the clause(s) you commented on, where appropriate.

You can post submissions to:

Glen Bradbury, Manager ACVM Programmes and Appraisals
ACVM Group
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
New Zealand

Submissions are public information

Note that your submission is public information. Submissions may be the subject of requests for information under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA specifies that information is to be made available to requesters unless there are sufficient grounds for withholding it, as set out in the OIA. Submitters may wish to indicate grounds for withholding specific information contained in their submission, such as the information is commercially sensitive or they wish personal information to be withheld. Any decision to withhold information requested under the OIA is reviewable by the Ombudsman.