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Veterinarian Reassures Producers VFD is Nothing to Worry About as Long as They Plan Ahead

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 11:04:04 CDT

Veterinarian Reassures Producers VFD is Nothing to Worry About as Long as They Plan Ahead

In less than two months, the FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) that has producers feeling a little tense, will come into effect on January 1, 2017. Brian Lubbers, D.V.M., Ph.D., of Kansas State University attempted to calm those nerves this past July, appearing at The Samuel Roberts Noble Research Foundation saying he has high hopes that these regulations will prove to be of little to no inconvenience for producers.

“First of all, I hope that the process doesn’t cause logistical challenges that keep animals from really getting those drugs that need them,” Lubbers said. “I really hope it doesn’t change for a lot of us and if that’s true that means we were using those drugs appropriately before.”

When VFD does take effect, producers will need to consult a veterinarian to obtain the medicated feeds they need to combat health challenges in their herds. Dr. Lubbers explained that the FDA has not issued an official form to be completed, leaving it to veterinarians to develop their own, but does require all VFD orders to include 17 specific items of information. He assured though that most of this required information consists of the basics - i.e. name, address, medicine, quantity, etc.

Dr. Lubbers asserts the key to streamlining this process before the January 1 start date is for producers to begin establishing a relationship with a primary veterinarian now.

Watch Dr. Lubbers’ full presentation during his appearance at the Noble Foundation by clicking here.

Listen to Dr. Lubbers talk more about the Veterinarian Feed Directive during today’s Beef Buzz.

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