Location, location, location: How FDA defines premises under new VFD rules
When issuing a veterinary feed directive (VFD), poultry veterinarians are expected to provide the physical location of livestock receiving the VFD drug. That sounds like a simple request, but what if there isn't a street address for a remote farm or the address of a facility isn't specific enough to determine the animals' exact location?
Q&A: Tips for complying with the updated VFD rule
Jon Schaeffer, DVM, director of poultry technical services, Zoetis, offers answers to eight frequently asked questions on complying with the Veterinary Feed Directive taking effect January 1.
Four steps producers should take now to prepare for new VFD regulations
Livestock producers should take steps now to prepare for the new veterinary feed directive (VFD) regulations that will affect all medically important in-feed antibiotics as of January 2017, advises Jon Schaeffer, DVM, PhD, Zoetis. Start by identifying feed medications that will require a VFD.
Infographic: Veterinary Feed Directive guidance for Jan. 1
After nearly five years, the deadline is looming. The updated Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. U.S. feed mills are well aware of what the VFD means for their business, but perhaps a few are still wondering - what actually happens on January 1?
Letters of the law: VFD, Rx and OTC
Who decides which medications will require a veterinary feed directive (VFD), prescription (Rx) or be available over-the-counter (OTC)? That's in the hands of FDA or, more specifically, FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine. VFD medications are antimicrobials deemed medically important to humans that are permitted for use in or on animal feed. As of January 2017, they will require a VFD from a licensed veterinarian for use in food animals.
Preparing for VFD: 4 changes that affect livestock farmers
In less than a month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new veterinary feed directive (VFD) standards will be put into place. Starting January 1, 2017, the use of medically important antibiotics will no longer be allowed for growth promotion and these drugs will now require veterinary oversight.
Selfies and other images not proof of VCPR
Forget about taking selfies or other images to prove you have a legitimate veterinary-client-patient relationship. Videos or photos cannot be used as a way to document the VCPR needed to obtain a veterinary feed directive.