Veterinary Feed Directive

VFD Drug and Combination VFD Drug

What is a “VFD drug”?

A ”VFD drug” is a drug intended for use in or on animal feed, which is limited to use under the professional supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

What is a VFD?

A VFD is a written (nonverbal) statement issued by a licensed veterinarian in the course of the veterinarian’s professional practice that authorizes the use of a VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on an animal feed. This written statement authorizes the client (the owner of the animal or animals or other caretaker) to obtain and use animal feed bearing or containing a VFD drug or combination VFD drug to treat the client’s animals only in accordance with the conditions for use approved, conditionally approved, or indexed by the FDA. A VFD is also referred to as a VFD order.

Veterinary Feed Directive Resources and Links – FDA

Veterinary Feed Directive Requirements for Veterinarians – FDA

Veterinary Feed Directive Requirements for Veterinarians – For Veterinary Students – FDA

The 123s of VFDs – AVMA

AVMA Instructions for Completing a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Order – AVMA

Other Links and Resources


Responsible Use of Antibiotics: Understanding the VFD – Bovine Veterinarian/Zoetis – held June 17, 2015

Preparing Cattlemen for Changing Antibiotic Use Regulations – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – held June 23, 2015


Driving the VFD Train  – Dr. Fred Gingrich, American Association of Bovine Practitioners

Placing Animal Drugs under Veterinarian Oversight: Questions and Answers – FDA