The UK’s Veterinary Medicines Directorate (the UK Government’s agency that regulates veterinary medicines) has just released a
statement on diclofenac and Vultures
“The UK’s Veterinary Medicines Directorate is taking the issue of diclofenac’s risks to vulture populations seriously. As a precautionary measure the VMD will not approve any requests from vets to import products containing diclofenac. Furthermore, they have agreed not to issue any export certificates which name diclofenac-containing products in the list of products to be exported”.
This is significant, because it sends out a strong message to decision makers, veterinaries, farmers and the conservation practitioners about the dangers of diclofenac to vultures.
The UK veterinary standard are often seen as the ‘industry standard’ to follow in other countries.