Veterinary Feed Directive Fast Facts
TED HOLTHAUS, ZOETIS ANIMAL HEALTH
BE PREPARED FOR A SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION TO VFD
GET READY TO IMPLEMENT BY DECEMBER 2016.
Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the revised Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Starting December 2016, the use of all medically important antibiotics (those important in human and animal health) in feed will require a VFD, and use of medically important antibiotics in water will require a veterinary prescription. Zoetis is working with the FDA, veterinary associations and the feed industry to help streamline the transition process. Stay up to date with regular updates at ResponsibleAntibioticUse.com/VFD.
WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR A SMOOTH TRANSITION AND IMPLEMENTATION.
At Zoetis, we are committed to helping veterinarians, producers and feed mills work together to develop a sound transition to the new procedures.
• Starting in December 2016, a VFD must be obtained from a licensed veterinarian before using any feeds containing antibiotics that are medically important to human health.
• Only a veterinarian will be able to issue a VFD to allow producers to purchase and use the products.
THE VETERINARIAN WILL KNOW WHETHER A VFD WILL BE REQUIRED OR NOT.
1. If the state has established a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) regulation, a veterinarian and producer must establish or already have a VCPR.
2. The veterinarian may issue a signed VFD containing information specified by regulation.
PRODUCERS WILL NEED TO WORK WITH THEIR VETERINARIAN TO ESTABLISH A VFD RENEWAL PROCEDURE.
Know when the VFDs will need to be renewed.
A VFD may only be valid for up to six months.
KEEP RECORDS OF YOUR VFDs FOR TWO YEARS.
All VFDs must be filed or electronically stored for two years according to FDA regulations.
A VFD record can either be a paper copy or electronic form.
Veterinarians, feed suppliers, and producers must keep a copy of each VFD for two years.
INFORMATION REQUIRED TO BE INCLUDED ON A VFD
Location, where cattle are housed
Indication for use (e.g., what disease is being treated)
This is a list of some of the most important items, but may not be all of the information needed on a valid VFD. Please check with your veterinarian.
ZOETIS MEDICATED CATTLE FEED ADDITIVES REQUIRING A VFD
• AUREOMYCIN®50, 90, 100(chlortetracycline)
• AUREO S 700® (chlortetracycline/sulfamethazine)
• CHLORMAX®50 (chlortetracycline)
ZOETIS MEDICATED CATTLE FEED ADDITIVES NOT REQUIRING A VFD*
• ACTOGAIN® 45 (ractopamine hydrochloride)
• BOVATEC® 91, 150 FP, Liquid 20 (lasalocid)
• BOVATEC 2.2
• CATTLYST® 50 (laidlomycin propionate potassium)
• DECCOX® (decoquinate)
• MGA® 200, 500 (melengestrol acetate)
*Please note that if a nonmedically important medicated feed additive is used in combination with a medically important
medicated feed additive, a VFD will be required for the product.
FOR MORE DETAILS, CONTACT YOUR ZOETIS REPRESENTATIVE OR VISIT RESPONSIBLEANTIBIOTICUSE.COM/VFD.
1 Roembke J. Proposed VFD rule: Business as usual for well-managed producers. Feed Management. Available at: http://www.wattagnet.com/Proposed_VFD_rule__Business_as_usual_for_well-managed_producers.html. Published January/February 2014. Accessed May 8, 2015.
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