Prevention of the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria and protecting the effectiveness of the antimicrobials have fueled the initiative behind the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule changes, which went into effect January 2017. A list of the drugs that transitioned from over-the-counter to requiring a VFD or to a prescription can be seen at the FDA website. The most important part of the VFD is the requirement for producers to have a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR).
Sometimes it can be a challenge to find veterinarian in your local area. In Wisconsin and some other states, there have been situations where a veterinarian is willing to be the veterinarian of record for a producer’s beef animals, but not for his/her pigs. People in northern Wisconsin are having challenges connecting with a veterinarian who is even willing to look at pigs due to the sparse population, said Lyssa Seefeldt, UW-Extension agent for Marquette County and member of the UW-Extension Swine Team.
“To assist farmers in locating a veterinarian willing to work on swine, the UW-Extension Swine Team has created a map of clinics in Wisconsin and neighboring states that are licensed to work with swine clients,” Seefeldt said in a news release. “The map can be accessed on the UW-Extension Swine Team website.”
According to Seefeldt, the map is constantly updated, and while it’s not all-inclusive at this point, it provides a place to start when searching for a swine veterinarian for your farm.
“Included with each point on the map is contact information for the clinic, which veterinarians work with swine, what services that clinic offers for swine clients, and how far the veterinarians are willing to travel,” Seefeldt said. “If you have connected with a swine veterinarian because of this map being available, please let a member of the UW-Extension Swine Team know.”
She suggests veterinary clinics fill out this survey to be included on the map. She said the survey will only take about 15 minutes to complete.
“By completing this survey, you and your clinic are agreeing to have your veterinary service location and contact information be mapped,” Seefeldt said. “You are also agreeing to allow us to share your responses to the other questions asked about services provided. If you choose to share your email address, it will be used only if the Swine Team has follow-up questions for you.”
Seefeldt can be contacted at 608-297-3141 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.