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Working with a vet allows you to be both proactive about herd health and have an exact plan to deal with common problems, such as foot rot or calf pneumonia, says Ian Murray, pictured with son Ty at his Acme-area ranch.

Livestock producers and vets need to communicate in the new VCPR world

The days when you could just phone a vet and ask for a prescription are now done and dusted

Producers, do you have a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship? As of Dec. 1, all antimicrobials used in animals will require a prescription from a registered veterinarian — and vets can only write a prescription if the four conditions that define a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) are met. Some producers may be wary of this new set of regulations, […] Read more

Four conditions must be met in a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship.

The nuts and bolts of a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship

A veterinarian needs to know your operation and you need to agree to his or her recommendations

The requirement for a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship for obtaining a prescription for an antimicrobial isn’t just a Canadian thing. “It’s much bigger than us, it’s a global initiative,” said Dr. Mike Jelinski, a partner in Veterinary Agri-Health Services in Airdrie. This whole initiative of tightening up on antibiotics came down from Health Canada because it is […] Read more


There are a number of things you should know before talking with your veterinarian about prescriptions.

Just what exactly does a ‘relationship’ with a vet involve?

New rules will require vets to have a fuller understanding of an operation before prescribing

The changes that Health Canada will implement on Dec. 1 require there be a relationship between the veterinarian, the client, and the patient. As the spokesperson and care provider for the patient — that may be animal, fowl, bee, or fish — it is important to know what that relationship requires. Health Canada refers to […] Read more

As of December 2018, you’ll need a prescription if livestock fall sick and need an antibiotic or other antimicrobial. But you wouldn’t be able to just call up a vet and ask for one if you don’t have a Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship.

How’s your relationship with your vet?

Antimicrobials will soon require a prescription, but a vet can’t write one if he or she hasn’t worked closely with a producer

When it comes to antimicrobials, one shoe has dropped and the other soon will. And that means livestock producers who don’t have a working relationship with a vet better start developing one. As of last month, producers can no longer import antimicrobials for use on their ranches and farms, and growth promotion claims have been […] Read more


How antimicrobial use will change in a year’s time

Alberta Beef Producers highlighted changes for medically important antimicrobials (MIAs) that will take effect on Dec. 1, 2018. “While current research does not point to any clear, direct link between antimicrobial use in cattle and resistance in people, it is in our best interests to use these products appropriately,” the organization stated in the Nov. […] Read more