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Veterinary medicines

Using veterinary medicines, including sheep dips

Veterinary medicines and sheep dips may contain hazardous substances. If mishandled, they can make you ill, harm the sheep or pollute the environment.

The use of these products will be subject to COSHH Regulations.

When you need to administer veterinary medicines to livestock, you will need effective control measures to reduce the risks to human health, for example:

If you need to report a suspected adverse reaction to veterinary medicines in animals or humans, you should contact the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) on 01932 338427. VMD is agency of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

In addition to the issues which relate to the use of these products you should also ensure that appropriate records are maintained, that disposal arrangements for containers and used products comply with the Environment Agency or Scottish Environment Agency requirements and that the transport and storage of the products follows the appropriate guidelines.