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.


Posted: July 26, 2017

Category: Agriculture, Farm Management, Food Safety, Livestock, Work & Life
Tags: Feeding Cattle, Feeding Livestock, Feeding Rules, VFD

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