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Access to Veterinary Antibiotics

In December 2018, Health Canada moved all medically important antibiotics to the federal prescription drug list, helping ensure prudent use of antibiotics. This means:

  • Producers can no longer buy antibiotic products from retail stores, only from veterinary offices or pharmacists, or mixed in feed from feed mills;
  • Producers need a prescription from their veterinarian for all livestock and/or poultry antibiotics; and
  • Veterinarians must have knowledge of the animal/herd and the farm management before writing an antibiotic prescription.

Prudent use of antibiotics ensures they remain effective for both humans and animals.

For more information, contact Dr. Wendy Wilkins, Disease Surveillance Veterinarian with the Ministry of Agriculture, at 306-798-0253 or by email.

Related information

Government of Canada's response to antimicrobial resistance – A summary of what the Government of Canada is doing to prevent and control the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Canadian Animal Health Institute: Antimicrobial Resistance – Information from the Canadian Animal Health Institute about antimicrobial resistance and how it relates to veterinary medicine.

Antimicrobial Resistance in Agriculture – Information from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs about how antimicrobial resistance affects the agriculture industry.

The Origins and Impacts of Antimicrobial Resistance – Information from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs about the origins of antimicrobial resistance and the effects it has on human and animal populations.

World Health Organization: Antimicrobial Resistance – Information from the World Health Organization about how antimicrobial resistance affects the world.

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