Vaccinations & Expired Medication

Vaccinations and Expired Medication

I have a client who is going to a local kennel in the area to get their shots. Is this legal?

A kennel owner, who is not a licensed veterinarian, may not give routine vaccinations to another person’s dog unless the kennel owner is licensed to practice veterinary medicine as a veterinary technician, or is acting under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Assuming the individual is not acting under the direct supervision of a veterinarian, this practice would be illegal under the Michigan Public Health Codes, Act 368 Public Acts of 1978, Article 15, Part 188, Section 18808 which is overseen by the Michigan Department of Community Health. Under this Act, the administration of any vaccination to someone’s animal is considered "the practice of veterinary medicine” and thus should only be done by a licensed veterinarian or by a licensed veterinary technician under the direct supervision of a veterinarian.

Can I donate expired medications?

In a disciplinary context, the Board has determined that a veterinarian's use of outdated prescription drugs is a violation of the Practice Act because that conduct fails to conform to the standards of acceptable and prevailing veterinary medical practice. Dispensing expired medications is also a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and/or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requirements. The level of active drug may be below the labeled specifications and, therefore, will not give the desired result in the patient. Therefore, it is recommended that animal owners discard expired pharmaceuticals and see their veterinarian for 'proper-dated' medication, if needed. Veterinarians are asked to contact their sales representatives or customer service to arrange for return of the short-dated or expired medicine.


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