Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Resources

Starting January 1, 2017, medically important antimicrobials in medicated feed will become veterinary feed directive (VFD) drugs, and the resulting VFD feed must be authorized by a licensed veterinarian and distributed and used in compliance with the VFD regulation. Also, animal producers will no longer be able to use these VFD feeds for growth promotion or feed efficiency. This video explains these changes and provides an overview of the requirements in the VFD regulation. Below are resources to assist veterinarians in understanding and implementing VFD regulations.

FDA Video Overview of the VFD:


VFD Regulation:

GFI #152:

GFI #209:

GFI #213:


  1. VFD Format (GFI #233):
  2. VFD Regulations (GFI #120):
  3. VFD Miscellaneous:


Honey Bees and Antibiotics

FDA VFD Website:

What has to be included in a VFD:

VFD Brochure for Veterinarians:

VFD Brochure for Producers:

Approved Licensed Feedmill list:

Drugs transitioning from Over-the-Counter to Prescription list:

Drugs transitioning from Over-the-Counter to Veterinary Feed Directive list:


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