Q&A from Veterinary Feed Directive Refresh Webinar

by | Sep 30, 2021 | Blog, Featured | 0 comments

In our recent webinar, Veterinary Feed Directive Refresh, Dr. Tyler Holck, Dr. Mike Apley, and Chris Lincecum share an overview of Veterinary Feed Directives from the viewpoint of veterinarians and feed distributors and answer common questions related to issuing, managing, and maintaining Veterinary Feed Directives.

Here, we’re sharing resources and summarizing Q&A from the webinar. If you still have questions, please contact us and we’ll add them to this list.

Questions and answers from the webinar

There were many questions submitted by webinar attendees, and not all of them could be addressed in the hour-long session. We have compiled the questions and worked with our presenters to provide answers to the best of our knowledge. Click on a topic to expand the Q&A.

General VFD Questions

Q: If a group starts on a medicated (Pulmotil for example) nursery feed (swine) and splits off onto a finishing site, so the remaining pigs will receive the remainder of the VFD, but the split offs will require a new VFD, is it recommended to write a new VFD for the full duration that is required or should it be reduced for the number of days needed to finish the 21 days of required medication?

A: You can write the VFD as long as it’s for the same group of animals. If the feeding duration carries them from one location to the next, the key would be that you have all of the locations identified on the VFD. If the locations are identified and it is still within the legal duration of use for that particular drug, then you can use the same VFD.

Q: Does a veterinarian always need to have a diagnostic test result proving the presence of a pathogen in the specific group of animals being treated to write a VFD?

A: No, it is the veterinarian’s scientific judgement within their professional practice. If the indication on the label says it can be used to treat a certain group of animals, the veterinarian can authorize the use of that drug through a VFD. Diagnostics are always good and helpful for the producer and veterinarian but are not required to issue a VFD.

Q: Is it legal to write a VFD to continuously treat high risk groups of animals (i.e. feed medicated milk replacer for the first 14 days of life to newborn dairy calves received at a calf raiser sourcing calves from multiple different dairies, or routinely feed aureomycin to calves that have just been weaned and moved to groups to prevent pneumonia)?

A: The VFD must be written according to label directions, including the duration of use, how long the drug can be authorized for, and the duration of feeding. If the animals are to be treated again, then a new VFD is required.

Q: If we receive a VFD that we believe is written incorrectly by the veterianrian how do we go about getting it corrected?

A: You should work with the veterinarian to understand what the VFD is being written for and explain what you believe is incorrect. The veterinarian may need to write a new VFD, so you need to rely on communication between all parties to ensure everything is correct.

Dosage/Duration Questions

Q: How do you go about figuring out and labeling the grams per ton portion of the VFD for producers who are picking up the bags of antibiotics and not having it mixed by the feed company?

A: In this situation, communication is very important. Understand that many, especially your smaller producers, may be thinking they’re picking up a type A medicated article, and they’re aware that so much of this medicated article may go into a premixed, which then goes into the finish feed. Or, they’re picking up a Type B medicated feed that they will add at a certain rate. This is the situation where you work with the producer and the feed distributor to come up with the proper amount of the type A medicated article or the type B medicated feed they are going to need for the duration of the VFD. When writing the grams per ton as fed, you need to be very clear that in both communication and special instructions. If there’s a gram per ton range on that label that you have to be in, or you’re specifying a certain grams per ton, according to a label that when calculated back to the grams return as specified on the label, the VFD dosage has to meet the requirements.


Handwritten VFD Questions

Q: Does a handwritten VFD need to have the identifying number like GlobalVetLink VFD’s have on them (21-VFD-12345678)?

A: Yes, handwritten VFDs are required to have unique identification listed on the VFD. The veterinarian needs to include some way to identify the VFD, either numeric or alphanumeric.

Q: For a handwritten VFD, is the feed distributor required to be listed? Or can the distributor be blank on the VFD so the client can take the VFD to their preferred feed mill?

A: No, the feed distributor is not required to be listed on the VFD.

GlobalVetLink Platform

Q: If I submit a VFD, and the mill asks for a clarification or I need to make a change, can I alter the VFD after it has been submitted or do I need to redo the whole document?

A: After a VFD has been signed through GlobalVetLink, it cannot be edited. You can make a copy of the existing VFD through the Records tab in GVL, change the information that was incorrect, and then sign the new VFD

Q: Is there a feature of GVL that allows you to select for indication, and then choose the product, instead of needing to already know what brand name product you want to use already?

A: You will need to select the drug first when writing the VFD. You can search by brand name, manufacturer or active ingredient to select a drug from the drug list.

Q: How do I write a VFD for goats?

A: Using the Minor Species feature within GlobalVetLink will allow you to write a VFD for goats.

Want to watch the webinar online?

The live webinar was recorded and can be viewed online. You will need to register to view the webinar, even if you had previously registered for the live webinar.

If you would like to earn CE credit, you will also need to take a short quiz after the webinar, linked below.

(If you already attended the live webinar for at least 50 minutes and requested CE, a certificate was emailed to you.)