At its September 2016 meeting, Council approved a new draft Professional Practice Standard on Dispensing, which sets out current and existing expectations for dispensing by veterinarians, for circulation and consultation.
This document is new to the College, and is also attempting to align with the national dialogue on antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary medicine.
The importance of the role of veterinarians in the prescribing and dispensing of pharmaceuticals to animals cannot by overemphasized. As these are two distinct skill sets, which can also be performed separately, two distinct standards have been prepared highlighting the different accountabilities and responsibilities.
In particular, the use of a specific definition of the term “drug” has been appropriately tied to the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (DPRA). It is important to note that this links the definition of a drug to scheduled drugs or those named in regulations and does, by intent, open the discussion on what may or may not, in the future, be defined as an over-the-counter (OTC) medication in animal health.
Download Draft Professional Practice Standard - Dispensing