The VCPR Process and Forms
In the DBP model, a valid VCPR is necessary for a veterinarian to prescribe drugs for a client dairy. VCPRs are formed with a dairy for specific areas of management on the farm. Using Best Practices guidelines, four specific management areas have been identified on the farm: mastitis, reproduction, clinical disease, and youngstock. A veterinarian could have valid VCPRs for a farm in all of these areas or only specific areas. A valid VCPR is necessary for each area of the farm that a veterinarian wishes to prescribe drugs. For example, a veterinarian with only a mastitis VCPR for a farm could prescribe mastitis tubes; however, she/he could not prescribe a prostaglandin product for the dairys reproductive program.
Data collection forms have been created to help
the practitioner gather information from the dairy producer that is necessary
for writing drug prescriptions. Each herd with a VCPR in any area is required
to complete the basic Herd Information Form. An additional form has been
developed for each of the four specific areas of dairy management. These
forms have been tested on pilot dairies and typically take about 1 hour to
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Under Best Practices guidelines, the VCPR process needs to be repeated every 6 months with a dairy. This recommendation was considered to be frequent enough to ensure that the veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of herd practices and health to make quality decisions when prescribing drugs. The 6 month recommendation is also considered reasonable to be practically accomplished by practitioners in private practice.
It is very important to note that the DBP recommended process is only one way to achieve a valid VCPR with a dairy. It is certainly not the only way. The guidelines were created to assist private practitioners by providing a consistent process for establishing VCPRs with client dairies. However, DBP recognizes that many other methods for establishing valid VCPRs exist.