Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) - Effective January 1, 2017
March 2nd, 2017
- A VFD drug is a drug “intended for use in or on animal feed that is limited to use under the professional supervision of a licensed veterinarian”.
- The medications our clients use most that will be affected by the VFD are Aureomycin (respiratory & GI), and medicated milk replacer.
- Extra-label drug use is not permitted for VFD drugs. The label we must follow is the label on the product; labels include reason for and duration of use, drug concentration, days fed, and withhold. Examples of extra-label drug use include feeding animals a VFD feed for a duration of time different than on the label, feeding a VFD with a different concentration than on the label (e.g. doubling the concentration), or feeding to a group of animals not identified on the VFD.
- A VFD prescription will be written only for farms where there is a valid veterinarian-patient relationship. At Attica Veterinary Associates this is interpreted to mean that our veterinarians are familiar with the livestock, facilities and management procedures on the farm. This means that our staff have been on-farm at least quarterly.
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