VCPR and VFD Discussions at Knight Feed Yard in Lyons, Kansas

(Dr. Nels Lindberg) Hello, folks, Dr. Nels Lindberg here with Production Animal Consultation and Animal Medical Center out of Great Bend, Kansas. We’re here today at Knight Feed Yard, Lyons, Kansas, and I’ve got the honorable Luke Knight here. We’re here to talk about veterinary-client-patient relationships and VFDs because it’s a real hot topic, and we want everybody to be aware of it and get some knowledge on it and what those things require. Luke, here at Knight Feed Yard, you have a better name, a consultant that comes in and visits with you to hopefully establish a valid VCPR or veterinary-client-patient-relationship. With that, tell me what do you think is the definition of a valid VCPR? (Luke Knight) I think it’s having a relationship with a veterinarian; communication and be on the same page at all times. It’s about having you, a veterinarian with an extra set of eyes overseeing what we’re doing here, someone who’s got the same type of goals that we do here at the feedyard in terms of our animal health. (Nels) For you guys here in a valid VCPR, how often does a nutritionist or a veterinarian come here? (Luke) Our nutritionist is here at least once a month; our veterinarian’s here every other week. Like I said- (Nels) -to help. (Luke) – with communication and we’re always in touch with what’s going on. (Nels) Yes, even if it’s I’m not here, the nutritionist’s not here, phone call, etc, we’re just a phone call away. You think about those veterinary-client-patient-relationships, it’s a very gray area. And your veterinarian, you need to visit with your veterinarian to identify what they’re comfortable with in a valid VCPR. Whether that’s a visit every two weeks, every month, quarterly, phone conversations, et cetera. It’s a very valid piece to having a valid veterinary-client-patient-relationship as we think about these VFDs. Luke here, as we think about these VFDs, do you anticipate any issues going forward with those? (Luke) I don’t. I don’t. Thanks in part to our communication between the two of us and staying in touch, and you keeping me in the loop and being able to get a hold of you or call you whenever I have a question. (Nels) As we go forth, those VFDs come January 1, we’ve got to have those in place. We’re going to practice having those, we’re going do those prior to January 1, we’re going to start in October, November doing those VFDs. I would encourage you to get with your veterinarian today, tomorrow, whatever it is, and start talking about your VFDs and maybe practice doing them or getting them your information so they can fill one out for you. Please don’t wait until January 1 to do that, and go to your veterinarian and say, “Hey, I need a VFD today or tomorrow because the feed mill won’t give me my feed.” Please get to your veterinarian today, start working on it today so we can have your information. We can get your VFDs in a timely manner, thanks for your time.

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