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The Veterinary Feed Directive is in Effect…Now What?

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On January 1, 2017 the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) went into effect, resulting in stricter regulations for medicated feeds. Leading up to the change there was a lot of confusion from feed mills, farmers and veterinarians on what these changes would mean and how they would be implemented. Many veterinarians and farms used this time to look at their Veterinarian Client Patient Relationship (VCPR) to see how it would have to adjust with the new requirements.

"As January became near, we started to have discussions with clients about information we would need to be compliant," says Dr. Chris Booth, WVMA member. "We also had many conversations with the various suppliers in our area to help clear up questions and become knowledgeable about what products they would be stocking."

To help ease the VFD transition, Dr. Booth's clinic, Dairy Doctors Veterinary Services in Plymouth, Wis., sent out a data collection sheet to clients asking for pertinent information for writing VFD's. This information included email addresses, premise ID, addresses for location of animals, preferred supplier and products currently used.

"Clinic staff entered all of this information into our database so that it was ready at the time of a VFD request," says Dr. Booth.

With the wide variety of clients using VFD's, being prepared for the new regulations has helped Dr. Booth and his associates adjust as quickly as possible. Using modern technology has also helped to make the transition easier.

"We really like the convenience of completing the VFD online through our computers or mobile phones," Dr. Booth says. "Within minutes of discussing the situation with a client, we can submit the VFD and it will all be emailed to the appropriate supplier and client."

While the VFD change has had some difficulties, Dr. Booth is optimistic about how it has affected his VCPRs.

"Implementation has opened doors to discuss appropriate treatment dosing and duration for the VFD products in addition to starting discussion on disease prevention," he says.

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