If you need more medication (including flea and worm treatment) you can request this over the phone, in person, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. It takes time to prepare your request as we must check your pets’ medical records before dispensing any medicine. Although we have a well-stocked dispensary, we may sometimes need to order medications in for your pet. Before leaving the practice, all prescriptions are signed for by either a Veterinary Surgeon or Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) and one other member of staff. Because of this, we ask for a minimum of two days working notice to fulfil your prescription requests.
Please be sure to request medication in good time (and consider weekends and bank holidays etc) so that your pets’ ongoing treatment is not compromised. Depending on the medication and condition being treated, we may need you to bring your pet in for a prescription check with a vet.
Your pet may require long term medication. This medication could be required for the rest of your pets’ lifetime. For us to dispense the medication on an ongoing basis, they will require regular prescription checks with a veterinary surgeon.
These regular checks are to enable the veterinary surgeon to monitor your pets’ condition and overall health closely, alongside keeping an eye on any subtle changes that may occur. This allows us to keep your pet on the best treatment course and dose for their condition, keeping them happy and healthy for as long as possible. During these checks we will give your pet a full health check and may, depending on the condition and drug, recommend further procedures such as blood tests, to monitor their progress or response to treatment and to make sure the medication is not compromising the health of internal organs.
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, regular prescription checks are also a legal requirement set by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), whereby the veterinary surgeon can only prescribe treatment for pets they see frequently enough to know are well and are suited to their current treatment protocols.
Our practice policy is that your pet has a prescription check at least every six months whilst on long term medication. Please note that this period may be shorter or longer depending on your pets’ condition and medications involved. Our prescription checks are discounted from our usual consultation fees.
When we ask you to book a prescription check for your pet, please remember that we are doing so with their best interests and health in mind, and we have a legal obligation to do so. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
You are not obliged to purchase medications from us and may choose to obtain them from a pharmacy. If so, we can provide you with a written prescription. A fee will be charged for this service. Please note, our veterinary surgeons may prescribe POM-Vs (Prescription Only Medication – Veterinary) only for animals under their care. A prescription may not be appropriate if your animal is an in-patient or immediate treatment is necessary. Information on the prices of medicines is available on request.