Animals, like humans, are prone to illness and need medicine to treat and prevent disease. From indoors-only cats to free-range chickens, all animals benefit from visits to see the vet. Regular check-ups, vaccinations and a good quality diet help your pets to live longer, healthier lives. And because annual vaccinations and health-checks prevent disease and catch problems early, you save money in the long run.
On average, the world spends only about one-fortieth of the amount it devotes to human medicines on animal medicines. But that investment is used to cover animal health innovations for the world’s 24 billion chickens, more than 1 billion cattle and sheep, 750 million pigs and goats, 500 million dogs and 400 million cats. The time, care, and investment put into the research and development of animal medicines ensures a steady stream of new and innovative products that improve the health and well-being of all of these animals.
National and global research companies, provide the pharmaceutical, biological and chemical products that keep animals healthy. They conduct ongoing research, production and distribution of animal medicines that go through rigorous government review and must be approved by the proper federal regulatory agency.
In the UK there are four main categories of authorized Veterinary medicines:
- Prescription only medicine, veterinarian (POM-V)- medicines can only be prescribed by a veterinary surgeon
- Prescription only medicine (POM-VPS) – medicines can be prescribed by a vet, pharmacist or suitably qualified person (SQP)
- Non Food animal (NFA-VPS) medicines can be supplied by a vet, pharmacist or SQP
- Authorised veterinary medicine (AVM-GSL) – medicines can be sold by anyone
Scientific research has led to medicines that dramatically improve vets’ ability to prevent pet illnesses and treat those who are sick. Medicines prevent flea and tick infestation, Lyme disease, rabies, diabetes, feline leukaemia, and other types of cancers in pets. Veterinarians use diagnostic tests and medical equipment specifically for animals, which leads to better treatments and more options for pet owners.
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