Veterinary Feed Directive
The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) is a federal regulation from the Food and Drug Administration that changed the additives that can be included in animal feed, the ways in which cattle producers manage their animals and veterinarians interact with cattle owners, and the products available for use on the ranch (see VFD Requirements). The purpose of this directive is to create veterinary supervision over the use of these drugs to ensure they are used only when necessary for assuring animal health. The VFD rule provides guidelines on the use of these drugs and a framework for authorizing the use of anti-microbials in feed for specific food animal health purposes. This regulation became implemented on January 1, 2017.