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Veterinary Specials FAQs

Veterinary Specials are bespoke extemporaneous preparations that are manufactured for a specific animal under the clinical direction of a veterinary surgeon. These prescription medicines do not hold a marketing authorisation from the VMD, but can legally be used under the prescribing cascade. Extemporaneous preparations such as veterinary specials can be prepared by:

  • A veterinary surgeon registered with the RCVS;
  • A pharmacist registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland in accordance with a prescription from a veterinary surgeon;
  • A manufacturer who has been authorised to do so.

Specials manufacturers are authorised by the VMD when they manufacture this type of medicine for veterinary use only; if the manufacturer prepares specials for both human and veterinary use then they are authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). A list of VMD-licensed manufacturers of veterinary specials can be found on the VMD website. Companies authorised by the MHRA are listed on the MHRA website.

Last Updated: 8 September 2011

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