The Veterinarian Feed Directive went into effect on October 1, 2015 but must be implemented by January 1, 2017. You will have the remainder of 2016 to strengthen or build your relationship with your local Veterinarian and discuss his strategy and requirements in dealing with the VFD rule. Producers must receive signed and written authorization from a licensed veterinarian to purchase and utilize VFD antimicrobials on or in feed. This authorization is referred to as a VFD Order. To write the VFD Order, the licensed Vet must have an established Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship(VCPR) with the producer.
The links below provide a list of drugs affected by the VFD(Over-The-Counter drugs transitioning to VFD). There is a short list of drugs not affected unless they are used in combination with a VFD drug. These are Lasalocid(Bovatec), Monensin(Rumensin), Bambermycins(Gainpro), Bacitracin and Amprolium . The information provided here should help clear up some of the confusion about the Veterinary Feed Directive. As always, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call Marty Morgan, Cooke County AgriLife Extension Agent at 940-668-5412.
Detailed information can be found in the following links: