Veterinary Feed Directives
Effective January 1, 2017 producers will need a VFD in order to purchase animal drugs intended for use in or on animal feed. These drugs will now be limited to use under the professional supervision of a licensed veterinarian. At AMC, we are here to help you navigate this new set of procedures!
Fall is fast approaching, and we need to start gathering information for the Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD) that will go into effect January 1, 2017. If you would like to have one of the experienced veterinarians at AMC issue your required VFD's, please take the time to fill out our VFD Survey so that we can get your information on file, as well as the information for your feed suppliers.
Many of the drugs intended for use in or on your animal feeds are now going to be limited to use under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian in the course of that cattle expert’s professional practice. Starting January 1st, producers will need a VFD in order to purchase these sorts of drugs that are used in feed and mineral. Suppliers will not be allowed to sell you these drugs without a VFD. Think of it like a prescription – we don’t want you to be standing at your feed supplier ready to pick up your products without a VFD in hand.
It is pertinent for producers to start now in developing the mandated VCPR (veterinary client patient relationship), regularly communicating about production practices, animal husbandry, current animal health protocols, recurring health issues, and routine visits. It is better to develop a game plan now and get your VCPR established, instead of trying to come up with one at the last minute when you’re already short on the products you need for your operation.
Filling out our VFD Survey will give AMC everything we need to issue your VFD’s much quicker when the time comes. Our goal is to make your job as easy as possible, and this is the best way to ensure we can get you the VFD’s you need once this new mandate takes effect at the end of this year.
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