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Some drug purchases will require veterinarian’s order

By North Dakota State University Extension January 21, 2016 | 10:51 am EST

Starting in 2017, livestock producers will need to obtain a written order from their veterinarian before buying certain antibiotics for their animals.

In 1996, the Animal Drug Availability Act created a new category of products called veterinary feed directive (VFD) drugs. These are livestock antibacterial drugs (antibiotics) intended for use in or on animal feed.

“In other words, for animal feed containing a VFD drug to be used in animals, a licensed veterinarian first must issue an order, called a veterinary feed directive, or VFD, providing for such use,” says Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension Service veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist.

The purpose of this rule is to limit the use of medically important antibiotics in livestock to those antibiotics considered necessary for assuring animal health. These drugs are for treatment, control and prevention. They are not for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. – Read More