The Veterinary Feed Directive and other changes in the way we do Business
By Dr. Douglas A. Anderson, DVM
By the end of 2016, if not sooner, our industry will undergo a massive change in the way we medicate our flocks. The VFD as written will require Veterinary approval of all medications used in the feed. This will require a valid Veterinary-Client-Patient relationship (VCPR) and all uses are limited to the label directions (no off label use will be permitted). This may present our industry with some unusual restrictions we have not faced before. The actual process is still under discussion and remains open to interpretation. The end result seems to change weekly with no firm consensus on how the directive will be implemented.
Additionally, antibiotics used in the water will also undergo some dramatic changes. Their availability over-the-counter (OTC) will be reduced and most likely eliminated, requiring Veterinary prescription for their purchase and usage. Some off-label usage will be allowed under certain situations with restrictions, but will require Veterinary responsibility to prevent illegal or accidental drug residues. Some previously used drugs will be forbidden, even if the usage was needed to prevent the onset of certain diseases.
These changes and their possible implementation and their expected impact on your Veterinarian, your feed mill, and your business will be presented and discussed.