Use of Medications in Food Producing Animals in Australia

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British and overseas trained veterinarians locuming or working in Australia should be aware that the following substances are not permitted for use in food-producing animals in Australia. This may be different from Europe in particular – vets practising small animal medicine should be aware of these restrictions as you may not be able to dispense medicines to hobby farm clients in particular that are in use in Europe (eg. Baytril, Metronidazole):

  • carbadox
  • chloramphenicol
  • clenbuterol (except for tocolysis as per APVMA approved label)
  • diethylstilboestrol and related compounds (hexoestrol, dienoestrol)
  • fluoroquinolones
  • nitrofurans (including furazolidone and nitrofurazone)
  • nitroimidazoles (except dimetridazole for use on birds not intended for human consumption and breeders as per APVMA approved label)
  • phenylbutazone
  • salbutamol
  • thyrostats (eg thiouracil)

For more information please visit the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority website


Wendy Nathan
Kookaburra Veterinary Employment
November 2017

This information includes the views and opinions of Kookaburra Veterinary Employment and is of a general nature only. Factual information is believed to be correct at the time of writing, however, should not be relied upon and any person should confirm details with the relevant authorities and through their own research prior to acting on any of the suggestions in this article.

09/02/2018 |

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