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Our governing body, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966) state that only a Veterinary Surgeon may prescribe or dispense medicines to an animal.

We may only dispense medicines to animals under our care. This means that we must examine our patients on a regular basis to comply with the law. This has the benefit on ensuring we prescribe the right medicine at the right dose for that particular condition and horse. As a result we will need to see any horse on long term medication every 6 months. The minimum costs of these repeat prescription examinations is £41.30 + visit.

We endeavour to be as competitive as possible on the cost of medicines. You may purchase these from the Practice, or we can provide you with a written prescription to enable you to purchase medicines from another veterinary practice or pharmacy. All requests for a prescription need to be given with at least 2 working days notice to allow the Veterinary Surgeon time to issue them. Our practice policy is that prescriptions will only be issued directly to the supplier of the medication. The cost of a written prescription is £29.29

Prices correct as of 31st Oct 2023.

Changes to Prescribing Rules for Veterinary Surgeons

In 2023 new rules have been put in place by our governing body, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to comply with the laws relating to prescription only medicine control as laid out by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, a government body. These rules are to safeguard animal welfare, safeguard public health and to promote responsible medicine use, for example stricter control of the use of antimicrobials to prevent resistance to antibiotics developing, enabling medicines to be effective for future generations.

What does this mean for you?

Specifically, we can no longer prescribe antibiotics without physically seeing your horse. You can no longer hold medicines on your yard “just in case”, each prescription of, for example bute, must be prescribed for a certain horse and for a given dose and time.

For further information regarding Under Care can be found at

Prescription Request Form

To place an order for your prescription please fill in the below form.


Prescriptions can take up to 48 hours to authorise with a vet, and go through the correct dispensing and checking procedures prior to your collection. To avoid disappointment, we would recommend that you call the practice to ensure that you prescription is ready before collection.

This system is to enable us to deliver the best service possible from Rathmell, Crabtree or Martholme clinics. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer over the counter services as there is not always a vet present in the clinics.

Please also note we are unable to dispense drugs to anyone under the age of 18 years old.

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Only one medication per form please