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Veterinary medicines
Importance of ketamine
  1. Polly Taylor1 and
  2. Walt Ingwersen2
  1. 1Taylor Monroe, Gravel Head Farm, Downham Common, Little Downham, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB6 2TY, e-mail:
  2. 2President-elect, World Small Animal Veterinary Association, 72 Melville Street, Dundas, Ontario, Canada L9H 2A1

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WORLDWIDE access to ketamine for medical and veterinary use is once again on the line. The 59th UN Convention on Narcotic Drugs (CND), which takes place from March 14 to 22 in Vienna, is imminent and is likely to reconsider a proposal that ketamine be placed under international scheduling, a move which would effectively prevent access to ketamine for those who most need it. Ketamine's value as an essential medicine is unknown to many and the proposal for international control stems, by and large, from the widespread misconception that it is simply a ‘recreational drug’. As veterinarians, we must ensure that the global perception …

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