VetCalc is a software simulation tool that calculates the predicted environmental concentration (PEC) of veterinary medicines in the aquatic environment. The software can calculate PEC values based on the spreading of manure from animals treated with veterinary medicines while in housing and based on direct excretion from animals treated while on pasture. VetCalc contains 12 scenarios representing a range of different climatic conditions, soil types, farm animal species and animal production systems.
The model is intended for use by those who are involved in preparation of the environmental risk assessment for a veterinary medicinal product. It is also intended for use by assessors within competent authorities responsible for the assessment of environmental safety data. The model is designed specifically for use when preparing a Phase II environmental risk assessment. VetCalc is not suitable to be used for Phase I assessments and should not be used.
It should also be noted that the VetCalc is not the model of choice for calculating PEC values for groundwater or surface waters. The CVMP guideline in support of VICH guidelines (Revised Guideline on Environmental Impact Assessment for Veterinary Medicinal Products in support of the VICH guidelines GL6 and GL38. EMEA/CVMP/ERA/418282/2005-Rev.1) recommends using FOCUS models.
An extensive user manual, which is also the final project report, can be accessed via the main start-up screen under the "view" option. VetCalc has been designed to use a "." symbol as the decimal separator and not "," as is usual in Europe. If, when running the software for the first time, the programme crashes when the soil model reaches 14-15%, you will need to change the regional settings of your system from their local setting to English (UK). This change will mean the decimal separator is "." and the programme will run.
VetCalc runs on Windows 98/2000/XP. The installation requires about 25 MB of hard disk space, with a further 50 MB required to run the software. The programme has not been tested with newer versions of Windows operating systems and may not function properly with these newer operating systems. The downlaod file is 14.75 mb so could take a long time to download depending on your internet connection.
Download VetCalc v1.5 (14.75 mb)
The VMD cannot provide any assistance with the installation or running of the VetCalc programme.