VIN PHAR304-2020: Veterinary Feed Directive and Other US Regulations Non-Interactive

This course is a self-paced, non-interactive course.

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Presenter: Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHP
Course Open: February 18-December 31, 2020

Level and Prerequisites: This basic course will be open to veterinarians actively interested in US laws regarding antibiotic use in food animals. This non-interactive course is open to VIN members only.
VIN CE Course: Open to VIN members. This non-interactive course is approved by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 22-38940)

Course Description:
This course will cover the regulatory landscape of using antibiotics in food animals. It is designed to be a companion course to the food animal antimicrobial resistance webinar. The course will cover applicable United States regulations as well as the history of how we got to where we are today. There will be a detailed discussion of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulations and a walk-through of how to write a VFD.

This course will consist of 3 non-interactive modules in the form of videos to watched. Modules will include handouts to be read and an end-of-module quiz. The final module will include an end-of-course test.

To earn a certificate of completion, the participant must attain a score of 80% for each module quiz and for the end-of-course test. Completion of all 3 modules (videos, reading handouts, quizzes, and end-of-course test) will take a minimum of 120 minutes to complete. Participants must complete the participation requirements by December 31, 2020 to be eligible for a certificate.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Regulations & Oversight (USA)
Total Time: 60 minutes
Video: 45 minutes
Polls: 3 minutes
Activities: 12 minutes
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

  • Explain US restrictions for antibiotic use in food animals.
  • Identify antibiotics with ELDU restrictions in the United States.

Module 2: Veterinary Feed Directive
Total Time: 30 minutes
Video: 27 minutes
Polls: 3 minutes
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

  • Write a legal VFD.
  • Explain what each section of the VFD is for.

Module 3: VFD Records, Responsibilities, and Details
Total Time: 30 minutes
Video: 12 minutes
Polls: 3 minutes
End of Course Test: 15 minutes
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

  • Describe the veterinarian requirements for VFDs.
  • Explain how medicated feeds are handled in minor species.

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a non-interactive CE certificate, please refer to Non-Interactive CE Certificate Requirements.

Course Materials: Course materials in the form of handouts and additional educational online activities will be available in the course library.

Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenter:
Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe graduated from the University of Findlay, College of Pharmacy in May 2015. Following completion of her PharmD degree, Dr. Forsythe completed a one-year veterinary pharmacy residency at Purdue University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH). Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Forsythe started as a veterinary pharmacist at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She is a consultant on the VIN Clinical Pharmacology boards.

Total CE Credit: 2

Tuition: $46
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*Enrollment will close on December 1, 2020 at 5 pm ET (USA).
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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"This program (22-38940) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 2 CE Credits, with a maximum of 2 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Non-Medical, using the delivery method of Non-Interactive-Distance: (Online, Correspondence, Journal, or Other Self-Study). This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements."

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director

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