Veterinary Feed Directive
Who is the regulation agency: Food and Drug Administration
Who does this affect: Producers, Veterinarians, Feed Vendors and Show Exhibitors
What is it: The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) controls the use of medicated feeds.
How does this affect animal owners: If it is necessary to feed an animal a medicated feed the owner must attain a VFD form from a veterinarian.
Why is this being put into place: Regulate the use and preserve the efficacy of antibiotics in use of animals.
Products that do not need a VFD: Ionophores, coccidiostats, and bacitracins
Products that do need a VFD: Aminoglycosides, Diaminopyrimidines, Lincosamide, Pencillin, Streptogramins, Sulfas and Tetracyclines
How to attain a VFD: Make an appointment with your veterinarian
What to do with a VFD once you have it: bring it with you to your feed vendor location
What are the limitations of a VFD: duration of use per animal, medicinal level, animal grouping
What is the expiration date on a VFD: 6 months from the date the VFD is issued
Record keeping: VFD must be in writing and records must be kept for 2 years by the animal owner.