WSAVA Invites Updates to its Essential Medicines List for Cats and Dogs

January 9, 2023

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is to hold an open audit for updates to its Essential Medicines for Cats and Dogs prior to launching a revised version later in 2023. Starting on January 9, 2023, WSAVA members, industry representatives and all other stakeholders are invited to submit their comments on the current edition for review and potential inclusion.

The Essential Medicines List for Cats and Dogs was developed by the association’s Therapeutics Guidelines Group. A global first, it aimed to tackle the difficulties that exist for companion animal veterinarians in many regions of the world in accessing vital veterinary medicines by supporting the availability of drugs required for minimum standards of clinical practice. The document includes both core and complementary essential medicines, listed alphabetically, either by drug category or organ system/specialty. It is available for free download on the WSAVA’s website.

Before making their comments, contributors are asked to review the definitions of core and complementary essential medicines in the first edition of the WSAVA Essential Medicines List here.

Submissions should be sent to the WSAVA Therapeutics Guidelines Group at by Friday, 31 March, 2023.