Prescribing CBD in Australia: State by State Overview

Prescribing CBD for animals

Are you a vet in Australia wanting to prescribe CBD to your animal patients?

Here’s a State by State overview of current regulations and requirements.

NSW – Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW

NSW prescribing regulations allow vets to prescribe compounded CBD S4 medicines without approval by NSW Health. 

QLD – Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland

Vets must have an approved veterinary premise in Queensland to prescribe CBD. A veterinary surgeon can only administer, dispense, prescribe, obtain a drug for an animal or sell a drug for a person’s animal if the animal is under their care.

The Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland defines ‘under the care of the veterinarian’ as a patient described as being under the care of a veterinarian when:

  • the veterinarian has directly examined the animal(s) as part of the provision of veterinary care; or
  • the veterinarian has indirectly examined the animal(s) as per the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland veterinary telemedicine guidelines.

Further information can be found here.

VIC – Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria (Vetboard Victoria) 

Veterinary practitioners are authorised to obtain, possess, use or supply most drugs and poisons for the lawful practice of their profession – accorded to section 13 of the Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981. This means that Victorian vets are able to prescribe CBD for the veterinary treatment of animals under their care.

Veterinary practitioners must not prescribe or supply Schedule 4 or Schedule 8 poisons other than for the veterinary treatment of animals under their care and then only after taking all reasonable steps to ensure that a therapeutic need exists (regulations 19 and 38).

NT – Veterinary Board of the NT

A vet can prescribe compounded CBD for a patient, as long as the vet is registered in the Northern Territory.

SA – SA Veterinary Practitioners Board 

South Australian vets can prescribe CBD when a bonafide relationship exists with them and their patient. They cannot diagnose a previously unknown animal and not without first seeing the patient beforehand.

WA – WA Veterinary Practitioners Board 

The Veterinary Practice Board of WA lists cannabidiol as a schedule 4 product which means veterinary surgeons may prescribe these products as long as the total amount of cannabinoids present does not exceed 2%. 

TAS – Veterinary Board of Tasmania

The Code of Practice for the Supply and Use of Veterinary Chemical Products – Section 1 – Use of chemical products by veterinarians states that ‘you may treat an animal with a registered veterinary chemical product off-label except where such treatment is prohibited by this code or in other legislation.’

To understand the national scheduling of medicines visit THIS PAGE. 


CBD Vets Australia are dedicated to tailoring dosages to your animal patients’ needs and ensuring that negative drug interactions be avoided.

Have an animal patient who may benefit from CBD? Follow these simple steps to start prescribing CBD today.

  1. REGISTER YOUR VET:  Access our online portal for research material, information on dosage, and prescribing and training videos.
  2. WRITE A SCRIPT. Fill out a prescription online, or send it by email, when you have an animal patient who may benefit from CBD.
  3. DIRECT DELIVERY: The prescribed CBD Oil will be posted directly to you or your patient from our clinic.

If you would like some more information about prescribing CBD to animals in your clinic, please feel free to get in touch at [email protected]

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