Veterinary Feed Directive coming January 2017


To ensure a safe food supply, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the use of animal medications. Some medications have been approved for use without a veterinarian’s permission, while others require permission. Recently, the FDA changed how some antibiotic medications, which are important to human medicine, are used for animal feed. After January 1, 2017, these medications will require a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) order to be used in a medicated feed.


Many over-the-counter feed-grade antibiotics will be moved to VFD status by January 1, 2017.


For more information on the VFD, contact your local NDSU Extension agent or veterinarian, or visit:


If you would like to request printed copies of the producers' guide, the medically important feed-grade antibiotics listing or billing statement stuffers, contact our office at 701-328-2231 or email

Veterinary Feed Directive Contacts

North Dakota State Board of Animal Health

600 East Boulevard Ave. Dept. 602 Bismarck, ND 58505-0020