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Veterinary medicines
Prescribing, dispensing and welfare

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DECOUPLING veterinarians' ability to dispense and prescribe veterinary medicines could ultimately result in higher costs and inconvenience for customers, and might lead to poorer care for animals.

This was the view of Jamie Crittall, a companion animal practitioner from Beech House Veterinary Centre in Surrey, who was one of a panel of six speaking at a debate organised by the Veterinary Marketing Association, held at the House of Lords this month.

In his introduction to the debate, its chairman, Professor Lord Trees, asked three questions about what might happen if the prescription and supply of veterinary medicines were decoupled: would it reduce the sale and use of medicines, particularly antimicrobials; would it have any impact on antimicrobial resistance in humans; and what might the unintended consequences be?

In his presentation, Mr Crittall suggested that vets …

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