If you have a good relationship with your veterinarian, he or she will be able to help, advise, and guide you to use appropriate medications for your animals. By establishing this relationship, the veterinarian also gains a working knowledge of your management practices. Therefore, your veterinarian can help you make medical judgments, assist you with withdrawal times, your recordkeeping system, and can provide “extra label” drug use when deemed necessary under special circumstances.
An appropriate veterinarian/client/patient relationship will exist when:
A valid VCPR:
The NY BQA Program involves maintaining a relationship with an accredited, licensed veterinarian for all Level II Certified Producers. This “third-party verification” is becoming increasingly important to customers purchasing feeder cattle as well as packers purchasing animals for harvest and consumer safety.
The VCPR is the cornerstone of a management plan which permits the use of prescription and extra-label drug use in animals. It is mandatory for feed and water delivered, medically important antibiotics, such as AS-700® and Aureomycin® Crumbles. It ensures use of a scientific process along with professional judgment in deciding if and how to use these drugs. By understanding the importance of the VCPR, using drugs responsibly and following BQA guidelines, all beef producers can do their part in maintaining consumer confidence in a safe, wholesome and quality beef product.
The VCPR Form can be downloaded below. If your veterinarian office has their own form they would prefer to use that will also be accepted.
Submit completed forms to: New York Beef Industry Council, 6351 NYS Route 26 South Rome, NY 13440.