“The best step that producers can take to avoid residues is to sit down and work with your veterinarian, work as a team,” said Gary Neubauer DVM, dairy technical services, Zoetis, in a video discussing the benefits of establishing a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR).
Violative drug residues in meat and milk continue to decline. But of those residues still occurring, a lack of veterinary oversight in health management is a likely cause. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 70% of violative drug residues have no veterinarian involved in the treatment decision or the treatment protocol design.
“Veterinarians bring a wealth of knowledge about using medications correctly to achieve a successful treatment,” Dr. Neubauer said. “When your veterinarian visits your dairy, take advantage of his or her knowledge and expertise for more than just herd checks. Establishing a valid VCPR with your veterinarian helps protect all aspects of dairy wellness.”
According to the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act (AMDUCA), a valid VCPR has three points:
- A veterinarian assumes the responsibility for making medical judgments regarding the health of the animal, and the client (the owner or other caretaker) agrees to follow the veterinarian’s instructions;
- The veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of the animals to diagnose medical conditions and prescribe treatment;
- The veterinarian is acquainted through an examination of the animal(s) or by medically appropriate and timely visits to the client; and
- The veterinarian is readily available for follow-up in case of adverse reactions or treatment failure.
“When a valid VCPR is established, you can really work with your veterinarian as a part of your health management team,” Dr. Neubauer added. “Regular meetings with your veterinarian, treatment protocol review, employee training and more can all happen with a valid VCPR. Doing this helps protect dairy wellness by managing cow health while avoiding drug residues which assures safe milk and meat from your operation.”
To learn more about how to establish a valid VCPR to benefit your dairy, watch this video, brought to you by the Residue Free Guarantee.™* For more information about working with your veterinarian to reduce violative drug residues on your dairy, visit AvoidResidues.com or visit with your veterinarian or local Zoetis representative. The Milk and Dairy Beef Residue Avoidance Manual from the National Milk Producers Federation also serves as a valuable educational tool and resource as you develop your on-farm best management practices necessary to avoid milk and meat residues.