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.

 


Upcoming Events

Jan
8
Tue
11:00 am Milksure training @ NFU Offices
Milksure training @ NFU Offices
Jan 8 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Milksure training course designed to decrease the risk of medicines residues in milk. The course will cover why it is important, antibiotic resistance, off label usage and the necessary amendment to withdrawal periods. This course will satisfy the recent red
Jan
16
Wed
12:00 pm Flock Club Meeting: Post Mortem ... @ Friars Moor Vets
Flock Club Meeting: Post Mortem ... @ Friars Moor Vets
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Open to members of the flock club Kate Hovers is coming to talk to us about practical on farm post mortems with all attendees able to take part in a practical demonstration. We will cover common diseases of young lambs,
Jan
17
Thu
11:00 am BVD Cluster Meeting @ NFU Offices
BVD Cluster Meeting @ NFU Offices
Jan 17 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Open to all dairy and beef herds who want to control BVD on their farm. This is the first step in signing up for the available governement funding to try to eradicate BVD. This meeting will cover BVD virus and
Feb
13
Wed
10:00 am Practical Lambing Course @ Nr Gillingham
Practical Lambing Course @ Nr Gillingham
Feb 13 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join us for the 2018 practical lambing course! The course is run every year on a farm so we always hope for some real life action!! The course will cover all aspects of preparing the ewe (and yourself!) for lambing
Feb
20
Wed
10:00 am Practical Lambing Course @ Nr Gillingham
Practical Lambing Course @ Nr Gillingham
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join us for the 2018 practical lambing course! The course is run every year on a farm so we always hope for some real life action!! The course will cover all aspects of preparing the ewe (and yourself!) for lambing
Each time we walk through the surgery door at Friars Moor, we know that our pets are in the very best hands, and we feel that our pets deserve nothing less.
Kelly & Rich Poulter
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