Safe & Appropriate Use of Medicines

To ensure that animals are treated effectively and safely, to protect the person administrating the treatment and to ensure that your money is spent wisely, safe use of medicines must be practised at all times on farm. The following guide summarises some of the important points associated with the safe use of medicines.

  1. Identify the condition you are treating, the best medicine to administer, the dose rate, route of administration and the withdrawal periods.
    • Read and comprehend the medicine label! All information will be found here.
    • Know how much the animal you are treating weighs to calculate an accurate dose rate.
    • Ask your vet for training for all team members and simple advice sheets and treatment protocols to follow.
  2. Administration of the medicine
    • A clean needle and syringe should be used for each treatment.
    • If the medicine is in an oil suspension, shake the bottle well before drawing up the dose. Do not shake vaccines vigorously.
    • Do not leave the needle in the bottle after drawing up the dose required.
    • Use the correct size syringe.
    • Calibrate your drenching gun or vaccinator: Inject a dose into a syringe or multiple doses into a measuring cylinder. The dose rate should be within 5% of that expected.
    • Ensure the safety of both the animal and administrator when treating.
    • Always complete the treatment programme.
  3. Storage and disposal
    • Store fridge products such as vaccines at the appropriate temperature.
    • Keep all drugs stored in brown bottles out of direct sunlight.
    • Dispose of all used needles, syringes and unused medicines in sharps/pharmaceutical waste bins.

 

For more information or to register your interest for the next course please contact the surgery.

 


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