Pharmacies and Prescriptions


The OVMA has been engaged with the issue of pharmacies and prescriptions for the past several years and has been a national leader on this subject. We were the first veterinary organization – state or national – to conduct a practitioner survey on the topic, and we were the first to address such concerns with a board of pharmacy.

We hope this information answers questions you might have about veterinary prescriptions and the role of pharmacies, and believe it provides you with practical guidance as you discuss veterinary medications with your clients and retail pharmacists. The purpose is to help ensure that your patients receive the medications you have prescribed in the correct form and at the appropriate dosage.


Compounding in Equine Medicine
Compounding Issues

Compounding Survey

Controlled Substances

Controlled Substances: Compliance for Veterinary Clinics
Controlled Substances: List of Schedule Drugs (DEA)

Practitioner Concerns About Controlled Substances



Extra-Label Drug Use
Prescription Q&A
Prescription Writing Guidance
Prescriptions: Known Issues & Case Examples

Talking with Clients

Pet Prescriptions: Your Animal's Health Always Comes First (Client Handout)
Talking About Medications with Your Clients