Dr. Dan Thomson Veterinary Feed Directive

(Dan) Hey folks, I’m Dr. Dan and we’re here at Animal Medical Center’s Annual Producer Meeting. My topic today is the Veterinary Feed Directive. Basically, starting January 1, 2017, we’ll no longer be able to just go to the feed store and purchase antibiotics over the counter or just pop in and buy them. You are going to have to have a Veterinary Feed Directive. Basically, that’s just a fancy term for a prescription. The first thing you’re going to have to do is have a valid veterinary/client/patient relationship. Lots of words. But in a nutshell, you need to have a relationship with a veterinarian who understands your herd, understands your production, understands your animals, so that they can write a prescription for you. You need to use the prescribed medication the way that it was prescribed by the veterinarian. Basically, we’re just no longer going to be able to use antibiotics for growth or feed efficiency. We can use them for the control, the prevention and the treatment of disease. I think there’s going to be a lot of good things that come from this, a lot to be gained from having that veterinary/client/patient relationship on your farm. It can uncover things that can improve your conception rate and improve body condition score. A lot of different subject matter that you and your veterinarian will work on, but again, at the end of the day it’s about being able to acquire those antibiotics that help keep our herds healthy. If you want additional information on the Veterinary Feed Directive, you can go to the Vet School’s website at Kansas State University at www.vet.ksu.edu. Another great resource at Kansas State University that’s helping with a lot of this is Dr. Mike Apley and you can find his email address or my email address by going to that www.vet.ksu.edu.

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