Veterinary Compliance Assistance
Veterinary Compliance Assistance - VetCA

This site provides pollution prevention and compliance assistance information for the veterinary sector. It is intended to be a comprehensive resource, covering all the varieties of veterinary hospital wastes, and all the rules that apply to them, including both federal regulations and the specific rules that apply in your state. If you see any topics that are not covered, or if you have any suggestions for making this site more useful, please let us know.

This web site was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences under the National Compliance Assistance Centers program. Funding for this project has been provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A portion of the content for this website was provided through the professional resources of the American Veterinary Medical Association. For more information, or to pass along suggestions, please contact: Lisa Stobierski, NCMS Sr. Program Manager or Matthew Cooke, EPA Compliance Policy Staff.

What's New on VetCA

The items highlighted here, include some human healthcare resources that may be also be useful for veterinary clinics.

VetCA launches a new page covering Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals. The guidance provided here is written mainly for very small quantity generators (VSQGs)and therefore applicable to most veterinary facilities. There is also an emphasis on applicable state implementation of the new rules. From this page, you can download 10-Step Blueprint for Managing Pharmaceutical Waste in US Healthcare Facilities.

VetCA launches a new page covering Non-Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals. This section covers disposal of pharmaceutical waste that is not regulated under EPA RCRA Subpart C (hazardous waste rules), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) or US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulations.

VetCA has special pages covering your state's rules for the following topics:

RCRA/Hazardous Waste | Universal Waste | Regulated Medical Waste |

News & Events
07/18/2024 - Pharma waste management: Balancing cost, compliance, and environmental responsibility [more]

07/16/2024 - How to avoid common RMW violations. [more]

07/10/2024 - Final Rule - e-Manifest Amendments [more]

04/08/2024 - EPA Launches New Website to Improve Transparency in Permitting [more]


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The information contained in this site is provided for your review and convenience. It is not intended to provide legal advice with respect to any federal, state, or local regulation. You should consult with legal counsel and appropriate authorities before interpreting any regulations or undertaking any specific course of action.

Please note that many of the regulatory discussions on VetCA refer to federal regulations. In many cases, states or local governments have promulgated relevant rules and standards that are different and/or more stringent than the federal regulations. Therefore, to assure full compliance, you should investigate and comply with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.