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Veterinary Feed Directive

Goes Into Effect on January 1, 2017. Will you be ready?

 Veterinary Feed Directive HandoutTo ensure a safe food supply, the Food and Drug Administration oversees the use of animal medications. Some medications have been approved for use without a veterinarian’s involvement, while others require authorization by a licensed veterinarian. Recently FDA changes how some antibiotic medications, which are important to human medicine, are used for animal feed. Thus the Veterinary Feed Directive.

The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will go into effect January 1, 2017. A VFD drug is an antibiotic that can be used by both human and animal medicine. Not all antibiotics will be considered VFD Drugs. The use of injectable antibiotics will not be affected; and some drugs used in water will now require a prescription from a veterinarian. Ionophores and coccidiostats are not affected unless they are fed in combination with a drug that requires a VFD.

A VFD order is similar to a prescription you would get from your human doctor, however a veterinarian will be giving you a VFD order for a medicated feed. Some examples of feed-grade medications moving to VFD status are chlortetracycline, tylosin and lincomycin. A more detailed list can be found at: www.ag.ndsu.edu/stewardship/veterinary-feed-directive . Producers will need to keep records of these medicated feeds. Records will need to be kept by the livestock owner, veterinarian and feed distributor for two years.

To learn more about the Veterinary Feed Directive or other agriculture topics contact Bruce Schmidt at the Burleigh County Extension Office, 701-221-6865 or email .

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