Veterinary Feed Directive
Over the past several years, steps have been taken toward change in how medically important antibiotics can be legally used in feed or water for food producing animals. The Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule outlines the process for authorizing use of VFD drugs and provides veterinarians with a framework for authorizing the use of medically important antimicrobials in feed when needed for specific animal heath purposes.
A VFD Order is a written statement issued by a licensed veterinarian in that authorizes the use of a VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on an animal feed. The written statement authorizes the client to obtain and use animal feed bearing or containing the VFD drug or combination VFD drug to treat the client’s animals. A VFD drug is a drug intended for use in or on animal feed, which is limited to use under the professional supervision of a licensed veterinarian. A combination VFD drug is an approved combination of new animal drugs intended for use in or on animal feed under the professional supervision of a licensed veterinarian, and at least one of the new animal drugs in the combination is a VFD drug.
Follow this link for a list of current VFD drugs and click here for the VFD Final Rule.
What can I expect during an inspection? Take a look at the VFD Inspection Checklist.
Visit the FDA website for more VFD information.