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Reporting Veterinary Adverse Events in Australia

How do you undertake reporting?


What should be reported?

All Domestic Serious Reports

The following provides a quick guide to determine if an adverse experience is to be regarded as serious.


  • death

  • medical treatment required.

Cattle, sheep and pigs

  • death

  • more than one veterinary visit

  • more than 10 per cent morbidity

  • welfare implications.


  • death

  • hospitalisation or more than one veterinary visit

  • welfare implications.


  • more than five per cent increase in base mortality

  • more than 10 per cent morbidity

  • welfare implications.

Small animals

  • death

  • hospitalisation

  • welfare implications.


APVMA does encourage the reporting of off-label adverse experiences as these have occasionally highlighted potentially significant issues with registered products. Some examples of this are:

  • treatment protocols involving the administration of products meant for production animals to companion animals have resulted in illness or death of the treated animal

  • the use of dog products on cats can cause serious adverse effects. This action is clearly off-label and the public should be aware that certain constituents (such as high concentration permethrin) are toxic to cats

  • spray drift from chemical application contrary to label instructions can result in environmental damage or human exposure to harmful chemicals

  • accidental human exposure to veterinary medicines, particularly injectable products (such as vaccines) can cause unpleasant and potentially harmful adverse experiences.

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