If you raise livestock and feed medically important antibiotics such as tetracycline, sulfamethazine, penicillin, neomycin or tylosin, the way you manage your animals' health will change by January 1, 2017 when the FDA's Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) program goes into effect. After this date, using these antibiotics in feed, will require a written Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) from your veterinarian, who must be licensed in the state of Ohio. Before a veterinarian may write you a VFD, you must have a valid Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship (VCPR) with that person. For livestock producers to receive a valid VFD and feed medically important antibiotics, they will need to have a veterinarian that works on their livestock operation, has enough knowledge to help make clinical judgements for the livestock owner's animals, and is available for follow-up.
To learn more about VFDs and maintaining a VCPR, plan to attend the upcoming Veterinary Feed Directive Meeting on January 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation by Tim McDermott DVM, OSU Extension AgNR Educator, explaining the requirements of producers, feed stores and veterinarians for complying with the Veterinary Feed Directive Program.
Seating is limited to the first 50 participants. Register by calling the office or emailing email@example.com.