New policies were recently adopted by the American Veterinary Medical Association concerning compounding drugs.

The veterinarian industry is expanding its use of new medical breakthroughs and drugs, which requires continued review of practices and policies. Many of these new policies are taught in the veterinary technician training program at Milwaukee Career College.

The AVMA said their recommendations will be discussed with Washington lawmakers.

“These policies are very important to our members and the animals they treat because veterinarians need compounded preparations in order to provide treatments to animals when drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot be used,” explains Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, president of the AVMA. “Our staff in Washington is currently meeting with members of Congress to ensure that compounded preparations are available to our patients when they need them. These policies will help in that educational process, not only by providing guidance to legislators considering compounding issues and legislation, but by informing our members on what is currently legal.”

Compounded preparations are commonly used in veterinary practices across the country and examples of drug compounding include mixing two injectable drugs, preparing an oral paste or suspension from crushed tablets, or adding flavoring to a drug to get a patient to accept the medication.

If you are interested in learning more about the veterinarian industry and becoming a veterinary technician, then the Milwaukee Career College training program would be a great first step.