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