Repeat Prescription Services

New RCVS Prescription Rules from 12th January 2024

From 1st September last year the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS, the regulatory body for the veterinary profession in the UK) introduced a new guidance on prescribing prescription-only medicines.

This came into full effect on the 12th January, 2024. The full guidance can be found below.

The new guidance requires that a physical examination of the pet has to be performed every time any antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals and antiparasiticides are prescribed.

This includes topical preparations such as ear and eye drops, and all prescription flea/worm/tick products. This may effect our repeat prescription services.

See full guidance
Spaniel Puppy

The guidance is an important step towards ensuring responsible use and reducing the veterinary impact on the wider issues of global antibiotic resistance and the decline of insect populations. What this means in practice is that your pet will need to come in for an in-person consultation every time:

  • • we need to prescribe medication for an ear infection (containing antibiotics)

  • • we need to prescribe antibiotics for any skin problem, even a chronic one.
  • • we/you decide to change from one flea/worm/tick product to another.
  • • we suspect a urinary tract infection (remote/online consultation and urine analysis/culture are no longer sufficient)
  • • we suspect a gastrointestinal infection (remote/online consultation and faecal analysis/culture are no longer sufficient)

Siamese Cat

Initial consultation charge – £52.50

Follow-up consultation charge – £44.00

Prescription check charge – £44.00

Flea/tick/wormer check charge – £35.00 (any other issues – consultation fee applies strictly for flea/worm products only). There is no charge if on the health care plan.

Generally, this changes little with how we work except for having to re-examine the animal if we/you decide to change the treatment needed.

We also can no longer prescribe prescription deworming products based on a laboratory report alone, we will need to see the pet for a consultation and physical examination first.

For long-term prescription medication that is not antibiotic/antiparasitic, our usual policy of requiring an examination every 3-6 months (depending on the medication used) continues to apply.

If you have any questions or concerns about the new guidance, or about our repeat prescription services the RCVS can be contacted at 02072020789 or

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