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Regulation and science

We are a strictly regulated industry. Veterinary medicines must meet strict requirements set by the federal government

Regulation and science

Animal Health Industry

Regulation and Science

Experts employed by the government act like scientific auditors to assess the volumes of data generated by product manufacturers to ensure that each product:

  • does what its label says it does (is efficacious)
  • is what the manufacturer says it is
  • is safe for the animal and the person administering the medicine
  • doesn’t harm the environment, and
  • has science-based safeguards to ensure that the meat, milk or eggs produced by a treated animal do not contain harmful residues from the medicine

This is not a simple undertaking. Bringing a major animal drug to market can take 7 to 10 years of research, and cost up to $100 million.