Veterinary medicine records

Date published: 27 September 2010

Last updated: 08 July 2022

All records - including any veterinary prescriptions where they are provided - must be kept in a permanent and legible form for at least five years following the administration or disposal of the product, even if the animals concerned have been sold or slaughtered or have died during that period.


Records will be checked by Veterinary Service inspectors while carrying out farm visits in the course of their duties. Records must be made available to an inspector on request and, if necessary, in a form which can be taken away for further inspection. Failure to keep proper records may effect single farm payment and may result in prosecution leading to a fine of up to £5,000. 

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