Veterinary Prescriber has named 2019 the Year of Prescribing Excellence and launched a new online training module for veterinary nurses: Good veterinary dispensing practice.

Andrea Tarr BPharm MSC MRPharmS, the founder and director of Veterinary Prescriber said: "Prescribing is a neglected aspect of veterinary practice. When it comes to making treatment decisions, vets are very poorly supported by their professional organisations, the pharmaceutical industry has a hugely distorting influence and there's a lack of access to really helpful information. 

"We're determined to use the expertise in Veterinary Prescriber to change this, and support vets in their use of medicines in the best interests of animals, their owners and the environment.

"With this in mind, we start the year with a learning module of good veterinary dispensing practice."

The module explains what constitutes a well-run dispensary, including how to organise, handle and store medicines correctly. It reviews the legal classifications of medicines, including controlled drugs and the cascade. It also considers why dispensing errors occur and what to do when they happen. 

Veterinary Prescriber says its modules are evidence-based, peer-reviewed and independent of the pharmaceutical industry. 

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