Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has changed federal laws regarding the use of some medically important antibiotics to minimize the opportunity for drug-resistant organisms to develop. These changes will affect how livestock producers purchase and use some feed-administered medications to animals on or before Jan. 2017.

FAQ: FDA Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)

VFD Forms

Veterinarians must provide a written (electronic or paper) VFD to the animal owner and feed mill. VFD forms are available from:
a. Drug manufacturers for specific products;
b. Global Vet Link (GVL) offers electronic VFD service; or
c. FDA guidance document and sample VFD form to generate a form

Training

USDA: National Veterinary Accreditation Program, Module 29: Veterinary Feed Directive

More Information

Important Details for Veterinarians
www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/developmentapprovalprocess/ucm455416.htm

Safe Feed 
www.fda.gov/safefeed

VFD Information
www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/ucm071807.htm

OTC to VFD Status Drug List
www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/ucm482107.htm

OTC to Rx Status Drug List
www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/ucm482106.htm

Questions about VFDs:  Contact FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine: AskCVM@fda.hhs.gov

Other Resources

National Pork Board - VFD Fact Sheet