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How tightly controlled are antibiotics in animals?

All antibiotics in the UK require a prescription by a vet and as such are tightly controlled. Online sales of antibiotics are very closely monitored to ensure they are dispensed with a prescription and no fraud is taking place. The Veterinary Medicines Directorate confirms that its enforcement team has succeeded in removing over 824 antibiotic products from the illegal online market since 2014 – this is not counting all the products taken down directly by E-bay (new procedures were put in place by E-bay in 2016).