VFD - Jan. 1, 2017

The Antibiotics Resource Center is your one-stop place to find information and resources about responsible antibiotic use on the farm. This includes details about the new Veterinary Feed Directive and prescription changes for water-based antibiotics that go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.


Visit the Pork Checkoff's Antibiotic Resource Center by clicking here.  


More information can also be found on American Association of Swine Veterinarians website and in the January 2017 Pork Checkoff report newsletter.


You can find a VFD template form here.


Illinois VCPR

The Illinois Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004 defines the VCPR as:


"Veterinarian-client-patient relationship" means that all of the following conditions have been met:

          (1)  The veterinarian has assumed the responsibility for making clinical judgements regarding  the health of an animal and the need for medical treatment and the client, owner, or other caretaker has agreed to follow the instructions of the veterinarian;


          (2)  There is sufficient knowledge of an animal by the veterinarian to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the animal.  This means that the veterinarian has recently seen and is personally acquainted with the keeping and care of the animal by virtue of examination of the animal or by medically appropriate and timely visits to the premises where the animal is kept, or the veterinarian has access to the animal patient's records and has been designated by the veterinarian with the prior relationship to provide reasonable and appropriate medical care if he or she is unavailable; and


           (3)  The practicing veterinarian is readily available for follow-up in case of adverse reactions or failure of the treatment regimen or, if unavailable, has designated another available veterinarian who has access to the animal patient's records to provide reasonable and appropriate medical care.

"Veterinarian-client-patient relationship" does not mean a relationship solely based on telephonic or other electronic communications.