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: www.ag.ndsu.edu/stewardship/veterinary-feed-directive.
- For commonly asked questions and answers, view The Producers' Guide to the Veterinary Feed Directive.
- View a listing of medically important feed-grade antibiotics that will require a VFD as of January 1, 2017.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.