From today, 12th January 2024, our governing body the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has made some changes to ensure the responsible prescribing of POM-V anti-parasitic treatments (flea/tick/worm treatments, etc).

The Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMRs) rules include the requirement for a veterinary prescription for all POM-V medicines including anti-parasitic treatments. In order for a Veterinary Surgeon to provide a prescription for anti-parasitics to animals under their care, the RCVS requires a full clinical assessment to be carried out at the time of the prescription.

So what does this mean for our clients?

Once your pet has had a clinical assessment the vet may put a prescription for anti-parasitics on their record. The prescription will be for a named product, include the directions for use, and be valid for 12 months. Should you wish to change the product another clinical assessment will be required.

What if your pet doesn’t have a prescription?

If you require anti-parasitic treatments for your pet please contact us in the normal way. Our lovely receptionists will check the patient record for a prescription. If there isn’t a valid prescription you will be offered a Free of Charge Flea & Worm Check with one of the vets. Should you wish to discuss any other clinical problems or have a minor procedure such as nail clipping performed during this appointment then our normal fees will apply.

At your pet’s next vaccination appointment, if appropriate, a prescription for anti-parasitics will be added to their record. This will continue to be applied each subsequent year at their annual vaccination appointment, as necessary, meaning there will be no need to attend a Flea & Worm Check appointment (unless changing products).