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The Responsible Use of Medicines on the Farm
- Only use medicines under veterinary supervision.
- Ensure dosages are correct. Communicate with staff.
- Always complete the course of treatment.
- Accurately record all treatments and identify animals.
- If water or in feed medication is used clean out tanks and bins on completion.
- Keep information about the medicines on file.
- Report any adverse reactions.
- Monitor usage weekly and review with your veterinarian monthly or as necessary.
- Only combine medicines at the same time if approved.
- Ensure everyone is aware of withdrawal periods.
- Provide a locked room or cupboard for all your medicines.
- Provide a refrigerator for vaccines and other medicines as required. Use a maximum minimum thermometer and record temperatures daily.
- Allow only certain designated people to have direct access to the main medicine store.
- Document all medicines in and out of the medicine store.
- Insist on empty bottles being returned before a second bottle is taken out. This prevents black market trade.
- Agree with your veterinarian the minimum amounts that are required for a given period of time and follow his advice on usage.
- Make sure that all bottles are labelled for the correct use, that withdrawal periods are displayed and personnel are aware of them.
- Keep a daily record of all medicines used on the farm.
- Make sure you have safety data sheets to hand in case of accidents.
- Ask your veterinarian to check your storage and usage of medicines regularly to ensure that the recommendations are being carried out
- Check regularly that medicines are in date .
- Make sure that all medicines, syringes and needles are kept well away from children and people not on the staff.
- Dispose of empty bottles, needles and syringes safely.