Cookies on the Veterinary Medicines Digital Service

This cookies policy applies to the following (known collectively as the Veterinary Medicines Digital Service (VMDS)

  • Adverse Event Reporting
  • Secure Messaging
  • Apply for, vary or renew veterinary medicines authorisations

How we use cookies

Small files (known as ‘cookies’) are put onto your phone, tablet or computer to collect information about how you use the site. Cookies are used to

  • provide security and manage user access
  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs We do not use cookies to identify who you are. You can choose which cookies you are happy for us to use. Choose to allow cookies that measure website use

We use Google Analytics to measure how you use the site so we can improve it based on user needs. Google Analytics collects information about

  • the pages you visit and how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the site
  • what you click on while you’re visiting the site
  • the device and browser you’re using We do not collect or store personal information (for example your name or address) and cannot identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share the data about how you use the site. We use the following cookies
Name Purpose Expires
_gid This helps us identify how you use VMD services so we can make the site better 24 hours
_ga This helps us identify how you use VMD services so we can make the site better 2 years
_gid Used to throttle request rate 1 minute

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are needed to make the service work for you. They do things like

  • remember the notifications you have seen so we do not show them 
to you again
  • remember your progress They always need to be on. We use the following cookies:
Name Purpose Expires
session Stores session data On browser closes
idm Stores logged in user auth token On sign out'
history Stores user navigation On browser close
.Asp.Net.Cookies Stores session data On browser close
ASP.NET_SessionId Stores session data On browser close
__RequestVerificationToken Prevents forged requests On browser close

Government services

Most services we link to are run by different government departments, for example Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) or the Home Office. These services may set additional cookies and if so will have their own cookies policy.

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