Veterinary Feed Directive for Producers Took Effect January 1, 2017
Get to Know Your Veterinarian
A veterinarian can issue a VFD to a client only if a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship exists. The veterinarian has a professional responsibility to be familiar with the operation, care and management of the livestock. The veterinarian also assumes a responsibility to make sure the producer understands the treatment dosage and usage requirements and provides any necessary follow up or care. So, it’s important for producers to establish a working relationship now to ensure a smooth process.
A VFD form completed by the veterinarian is needed for each VFD drug prescribed that provides contact information for the client and veterinarian, the explicit instructions and purpose for use of the prescribed drug, including the expiration date of the VFD, and the signature of the licensed veterinarian. The completed VFD form can be sent to the drug distributor, e.g. feed store, and the client either in electronic form or paper copy. All parties involved in the use of the VFD drug must retain a copy of the VFD for 2 years.
We Appreciate Your Patience
We understand that there will be a transition time for everyone to comply with the new FDA rule on using VFD drugs. We appreciate your patience and understanding. As always, we are here to answer your questions and provide friendly, courteous service. Please contact us by phone or email.