I don’t buy into the new restrictions proposed for routine animal medicines. There is a widespread acceptance and political momentum for a veterinary-only prescription basis for antibiotics, but what about anthelmintics, flukicides and vaccinations?

Part of the new reason given for the proposed restrictions is the development of resistance to anthelmintics in cattle, and especially sheep. There is certainly resistance present in both species but the resistance in individual flocks and herds varies with the dosing history.