Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship  
​Program

The MTVS VCPR Program was designed to ensure that a Veterinary Client Patient Relationship is in place for your operation. This is a working relationship between you and your veterinarian. Regular farm visits are required to develop and maintain this relationship. These visits enable the veterinarian to know and understand your farm operation, its management, and determine the health status of your animals. This understanding allows your veterinarian to be able to make appropriate decisions when treatment is necessary for your animals.

This one year renewable partnership benefits you in the following ways:
• A Protocol Booklet
        o A Herd Health Plan Tailored to your Specific Farm Operation
                 Biosecurity Plan
                 Preventative Herd Health (Vaccine & Parasite Control) Protocols
                 Treatment Protocols and Drug Usage Protocols
• Special Emergency Fee Pricing
• Special VFD/Special Script Pricing
• VCPR for obtaining Prescription drugs
                 Feed Grade Antibiotics require a prescription (VFD) starting 1-1-2017
                 Water Soluble Antibiotics require a prescription starting 1-1-2017
                 Prescription Antibiotics (Draxxin, Nuflor, Excede, etc.)
                 Other prescription drugs (Banamine, Lutalyse, MultiMin, LongRange, etc.)
• Decreased Operation Costs + Better Animal Welfare = Sustainability
                 Fewer Antibiotics 
                        • because of Preventative protocols
                        • Stop treatment on incurable patients

                 Fewer Sick & Dead Animals

As of January 1st 2017, the FDA will requires producers to obtain a prescription written by their veterinarian for antibiotics to be mixed in feed/water. Product examples include: AS700, Auremycin crumbles, mineral medicated with CTC, Water soluable antibiotics like Sulfadimethoxine (SDM, SulMet) & Tetracycline powder, Lincomycin, etc. MTVS strives to make this change as easy and stress free as possible. The first step in this transition is to introduce your vet and feed supplier so they can work together to better serve you and your animals. Second, a Veterinary Client Patient Relationship (VCPR) needs to be maintained or established if not already in place. This relationship in Tennessee obligates your veterinarian to know you, your animals, and your farm operation. This includes emergency availability and timely visits to the farm (at least every 12 months, but will vary due to the size of the operation, the type of management, and the class of production animals - your veterinarian makes the decision of the frequency of visits he/she is comfortable with in maintaining his/her obligations for the VCPR relationship). A couple of other things to note: The veterinarian, producer, and feed supplier are required to keep VFD records for 2 years. Antibiotics for feed cannot be used off label in any manner (Using feed grade antibiotics to treat pinkeye or footrot are off label and are illegal for the producer and the veterinarian.  On label applications include Pneumonia and Anaplasmosis.) Be prepared for these changes: Maintain/Establish your VCPR & talk to your feed supplier. Being prepared ensures a greater likelihood that you will be able to obtain your antibiotics in a timely fashion.

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