Treating your own animals with veterinary medicines
Find out about using chemicals to treat your own animals.
You are allowed to use generic chemicals (products not marketed as veterinary medicines) to treat your own animals. But you must manage any risks to animal welfare.
You must make sure residues aren't in produce you sell for human consumption.
When the exemption doesn't apply
The own-use exemption doesn't apply if you're doing research to get data for product registration. In this case, you need a provisional registration or a research approval.
Find out about provisional registration or research approval (a special circumstances approval):
The following chemicals aren't exempt unless you have an operating plan approved by MPI:
- active ingredients that are prescription or restricted medicines – defined in the Medicines Act 1981
- antibiotic active ingredients
- prohibited substances
- vertebrate toxic agents