The new Veterinary Feed Directive, which went into effect January 1, has its own rules regarding recordkeeping for both veterinarians and their farmer clients, says Sarah Mills-Lloyd, an agricultural agent with Oconto County, Wis., Extension.

Veterinarians will be required to keep the original VFD orders, either in paper or electronic form, for two years. Farmers will also be required to keep copies of each order for two years, and produce them for inspection by the Food and Drug Administration upon request.

The VFD form will include the name and address of the veterinarian and the farmer, the animals being treated, the reason for treatment and the duration of treatment. If animals need to be treated for a period longer than stated on the VFD, a new VFD must be obtained, notes Mills-Lloyd. “What is prohibited is the verbal issuance of a VFD,” she says.

Farmers should also start a filing system, either paper or electronic, to record and track their VFD, says Mills-Lloyd. Examples of both can be found here.

For more information, listen to this 6 ½ minute podcast on the VFD produced by Wisconsin Extension Service.