Welcome to Managing Veterinary Medicines: Staying Legal and Promoting safety.

Managing Veterinary Medicines, brought to you by RCVS Knowledge and Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is freely available to everyone in the veterinary profession. The course provides information on veterinary medicine regulations and the safe and responsible use of veterinary medicines.

Listen to Alison Pyatt, Training Centre Lead VMD, and Pam Mosedale, QI Clinical Lead RCVS Knowledge, introduce the course.

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Upon completion you will be able to:

  • Recognise the key features associated with the responsible use of veterinary medicines.
  • Identify core legislation in place to promote the safe use of veterinary medicines.
  • Outline the key principles of the Prescribing Cascade.
  • Describe the different strategies to counteract the challenges of anthelmintic and antimicrobial resistance.
  • Appreciate the value of dispensary audits and Quality Improvement (QI).
  • Understand the role of the Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) within clinical practice.

Register for free, then work through each module, complete the associated quizzes and obtain the module completion badges to complete the course.

Module 1: Regulation

Module 1: Regulation

CPD: 33 minutes

This module will introduce you to the roles and responsibilities of the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and the core legislation involving medicines. Including:

  • Who are the VMD?
  • Why do we have the Veterinary Medicines Regulations (VMR)?
  • Why is it important to understand the legislation?

Module 2: Responsible and legal use of medicines

Module 2: Responsible and legal use of medicines

CPD: 3 hours

This module covers how to safely and legally store, and use medicines within the practice. Including:

  • How you should prescribe, supply and dispense medicines.
  • Why it’s important to record and store medicines correctly.
  • How to use the Prescribing Cascade.
  • How to use, store and dispose of Controlled Drugs safely.
  • An introduction to anthelmintic resistance.
  • Why a collaborative approach is required for responsible antimicrobial use.

Module 3: Dispensary management

Module 3: Dispensary management

CPD: 1 hour 40 minutes

This module includes all the need-to-know facts about dispensary management within the practice. Including:

  • How to run your dispensary safely and efficiently.
  • How to reduce waste in the dispensary and be more sustainable.
  • Who is a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP) and what is their role?


Module 4: QI in the dispensary: Preventing errors

Module 4: QI in the dispensary: Preventing errors

CPD: 1 hour

This module discusses errors that can occur in the dispensary, and the systems that can be put in place to help prevent them. Including:

  • How to use Quality Improvement (QI) successfully in the dispensary.
  • How to avoid errors in the dispensary.


Final steps

Final steps

This module can be accessed once you have completed the course and received a completion badge. This will allow you to leave feedback on the course, and access your CPD certificate.