What is a VFD? Part 3


What is a VFD?                                                        

By: Scott MacGregor, D.V.M.

In the third and final article, I would like to describe what a VFD (Veterinary Feed Directive) form actually looks like.

The first item is a letter that I send out on behalf of the livestock company I am working for to the FDA and the Center for Veterinary Medicine. This Letter (below) is kept in the file at the feeding company with the actual VFD forms. This letter may also be sent to the feed manufacture, who makes the product.

Food and Drug Administration

Center for Veterinary Medicine

Division of Animal Feeds (HFV-220)

7519 Standish Place

Rockville, MD 20855

Fax 240-453-6882


Re:  Notification to Distribute Veterinary Feed Directive Articles

This letter is providing notification that the person or company indicated below is providing the Food and Drug Administration of its intent to be a distributor of approved feed additives that require a Veterinary Feed Directive.

XYZ Feeder

1234 Rd

Cattletown, KS 12345


Joe Feeder


The form itself looks like the following:


Veterinary Feed Directive Order








Drug concentration:

Commercial name: Duration of use:

Species and production class: Indications for use:

Treatment of respiratory disease—

Use of feed containing the veterinary feed directive (VFD) drug in a manner other than as directed on the label is illegal and not permitted

Approximate number of animals: Premise Location/Description:  

Affirmation of intent for combination VFD drugs (check one box below):

This VFD only authorizes the use of VFD drugs cited in this order and is not intended to authorize the use of such drugs in combination with other animal drugs.

This VFD authorizes the use of VFD drugs cited in this order in any FDA-approved, conditionally approved, or indexed combinations in medicated feed that contains the VFD drugs as a component

Withdrawal time (0 if unnecessary): VFD Issuance Date:  expiration date:

Veterinarian Signature:


*Drug concentration must be listed on a 90% dry matter basis in accordance with the label.


The above information is sent to both the feeding company and the company making the feed additives for their files. This is done on a every six month basis. The Government reserves the right to audit both the cattle feeding company and or the feed manufacture. They have done this on a random basis.

This big picture is, that this insures the safe and prudent use of all antibiotics fed to beef cattle. It also insures that the veterinarian is directly involved in the process.

It is one more stopgap to insure and protect our consumers and our export markets that our beef is safe to eat.