Veterinary Prescription Drug Retail Establishment

A veterinary prescription drug retail establishment (formerly a “veterinary legend drug retailer”) is required for any person that sells veterinary prescription drugs to the public but does not include a pharmacy licensed under Chapter 465, Florida Statutes.

Limitations on Activity under This Permit:

  • The sale to the public must be based on a valid written order from a veterinarian licensed in Florida who has a valid client-veterinarian relationship with the purchaser’s animal.
  • Veterinary prescription drugs may not be sold in excess of the amount clearly indicated on the order or beyond the date indicated on the order.
  • An order may not be valid for more than one year.
  • A veterinary prescription drug retail establishment may not purchase, sell, trade, or possess human prescription drugs or any controlled substance as defined in Chapter 893, Florida Statutes.
  • A veterinary prescription drug retail establishment must sell a veterinary prescription drug in the original, sealed manufacturer’s container with all labeling intact and legible.
  • Prescription drugs sold by a veterinary prescription drug retail establishment pursuant to a practitioner’s order may not be returned into the retail establishment’s inventory.


Application: Businesses seeking this permit must complete the Department’s application.  Mail or deliver the application and all required attachments to:

Inspection: Passing an onsite inspection is a prerequisite to issuance of this permit to establishments located in Florida, although the Department may conduct a pre-permit or routine inspection, onsite or otherwise, for out-of-state establishments.

License Term: Veterinary Prescription Drug Retail Establishment permits are valid through the last day of the initial issuance month in the second year of licensure.  Example:  A permit issued on September 12, 2011 would be valid through September 30, 2013.

Fee: The application and permitting fee is $600 for a two-year permit, plus a one-time pre-permit inspection fee of $150 for establishments in Florida. Make checks payable to DBPR. The inspection fee applies only to new permits issued to establishments in Florida.

Form Assistance

If you have any questions or need assistance completing these forms, please call the Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics Program at (850) 717-1800.

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All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Division of Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1047

Telephone: 850.717.1800