Using, choosing and compounding veterinary medicines
How to choose or compound a veterinary medicine, use medicines with food-producing animals, authorise purchase of restricted veterinary medicines (RVMs), check conditions of use, and report a problem.
Choosing a veterinary medicine
When choosing a veterinary medicine, select the lowest risk option in the following order – where 1 has the lowest risk and 5 the highest:
- On-label use of a New Zealand-authorised veterinary product.
- Off-label use of a New Zealand-authorised veterinary product.
- Off-label use of a New Zealand-authorised (Medsafe) human medicine.
- Import an overseas product (vet medicine preferred but human product acceptable). You'll need to apply for special circumstances approval to import the product.
- Import veterinary medicine for special circumstances: application form ACVM 3 [DOC, 729 KB]
- Guidance on applying to import veterinary medicine for special circumstances [PDF, 297 KB]
Check the database for authorised/registered veterinary medicines:
Compounding veterinary medicines preparations
If you are compounding a veterinary medicine, you must follow a documented system.
Animals used for food and veterinary medicines
Before using a vet medicine in a food-producing animal, check:
- witholding period for veterinary medicines – minimum time between treatment and use as food
- restrictions on use of veterinary medicines
Conditions of use for veterinary medicines
Registered veterinary medicines all have conditions placed on their registration to manage risks. To find the conditions for a particular product, check the ACVM product register.
Find out more:
- Classification of veterinary medicines [PDF, 75 KB]
- Classification of veterinary medicines for sale, purchase, and use [PDF, 81 KB]
Authorising purchase and use of vet medicines
A restricted veterinary medicine (RVM) has restrictions on its sale, purchase, and use.
As a vet, you can authorise purchase and use of RVMs if you have a current practising certificate issued by the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ).
Follow our guidelines when you issue veterinary operating instructions for non-veterinarians to use:
- RVMs (including for velvet antler removal)
- veterinary medicines that are exempt from registration.
When something goes wrong (adverse event) with a veterinary medicine
Let us know if anything goes wrong (an adverse event) when using a registered vet medicine.
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For urgent problems, call 0800 00 83 33 (NZ only)