As a dairy producer, the power to prevent violative milk or meat residues is in your hands. It takes preparation, planning and teamwork to create an effective residue avoidance plan, which starts with a strong partnership with your veterinarian.
Your veterinarian is the expert in choosing the correct products that prevent and treat disease, as well as how to prevent residues by complying with regulations. As your most trusted advisor, your veterinarian knows your operation, your herd and the individual animals, and can help you create treatment protocols that are tailored to your animals and operation.
The partnership you develop with your veterinarian is called a veterinarian-client-patient relationship, or VCPR. This means your veterinarian examines animals in person and maintains a relationship with your operation through regular visits and communication. This relationship is what allows a veterinarian to diagnose and treat your animals.
Establishing and maintaining a VCPR requires commitment from both you and your veterinarian. As a producer, you are responsible for:
For their part, veterinarians are responsible for:
Why is establishing and maintaining a valid VCPR so important? It allows your veterinarian to provide your animals with the best possible medical care. The American Veterinary Medical Association’s Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics requires a valid VCPR to be in place for a veterinarian to prescribe medications or treat an animal. It also is required by law in many states.
Learn more about the benefits of a VCPR partnership and how to better maintain a valid VCPR with your veterinarian by reading the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Guidelines or from Zoetis at www.AvoidResidues.com.