Veterinary Feed Directive course offered for livestock producers

The Food and Drug Administration has amended the new animal drug regulations to implement the veterinary feed directive drugs section of the Animal Drug Availability Act of 1996. On June 3, 2015, the FDA published in the Federal Register the final rule revising the VFD regulations in 21 CFR Part 558. The final rule became effective on Oct. 1, 2015. In September of 2015, FDA revised Guidance for Industry #120, Veterinary Feed Directive Regulation to reflect the VFD final rule.

A VFD drug is intended for use in animal feeds, and such use of the VFD drug is permitted only under the professional supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

Meetings have been set up around the state to provide information on the upcoming implementation of the veterinary feed directive rule. Presentations will include general information on the VFD, requirements, changes in labeling, recordkeeping, filling out the VFD form, etc. For those in attendance, VFD information and presentations will be provided in a binder. Those speaking will be Dr. Megan Van Emon, MSU Extension, Dr. Rachel Endecott, MSU Extension and Dr. Katie Peters, Crazy Mountain Veterinary Service, MVMA.

The Veterinary Feed Directive Short Course Lewistown meeting will be held at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles from 1-5 p.m. For specific meeting information and RSVP, contact Darren Crawford at 535-3919. For short course information, contact Megan Van Emon, Extension Beef Specialist at (406) 874-8286 or by email megan.vanemon@montana.edu.

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