Overview of the Process
There are several steps involved in the current DBP model. To begin, the veterinarian visits the farm and completes the VCPR forms under the DBP guidelines for a specific area (or all areas) of dairy management on the farm. Following the herd visit and evaluation, the veterinarian should develop specific protocols for the dairy in the area(s) evaluated. These protocols should be for routine management procedures and for clinical therapy. The protocols will then be used for writing a prescription for drugs to be used on the farm during the prescribed period (usually 6 months). Software will be available to aid in writing protocols and producing veterinary prescriptions. Protocols and drug information should be provided to the dairy in writing and discussed with the producer and employees to assure they understand the protocols and are able to properly implement recommendations.
Prescriptions can be filled by the prescribing veterinary clinic or another distributor. In either case, the veterinarian needs to keep the prescription on file to assess drug use patterns and monitor the amount dispensed if filled at the practice.