If you haven’t done so already, the first few months of 2018 would be an excellent time to develop a relationship with a beef veterinarian.
- Download: 2-page printer-friendly handout [PDF]
- Download: 4-page List of Cattle Products Containing Antimicrobials That Will Require a Veterinary Prescription in Canada as of December 1, 2018 [PDF]
Starting late in 2018, Health Canada is introducing a couple of important changes affecting the way animal antibiotic products can be accessed by producers. And having an established Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) will be an important part of a smooth transition. (see sidebar below)
The key point is, starting Dec. 1, 2018, all livestock producers will need a prescription from a licenced veterinarian, before they can buy a medically important antibiotic (MIA) for therapeutic use in livestock production. This applies to all beef cattle sectors using antibiotics — cow-calf operators, feedlots and feedmills Continue reading