New online tool helps farmers, owners find veterinarians

The “Find A Vet” online tool is available from GlobalVetLink

Are you an animal farmer looking for a veterinarian? A new tool is available to help you called “Find-A-Vet.” This online tool was created by GlobalVetLink (GVL), and according to their website, it “allows animal owners to quickly find a veterinarian in their area who offers digital services such as Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (ICVIs/health certificates) and Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA/Coggins) certificates. Enter your zip code to find the GVL veterinarians closest to you.”

This is especially useful if you are looking for a veterinarian who offers veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) and/or a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), Minnesota Farm Guide writes. Those new rules go into effect January 1, 2017.

A link to this new online tool can be found on the Pork Checkoff’s homepage. Pork Checkoff is spreading the word about upcoming changes that farmers will have to follow.

“This is just another example of how the Pork Checkoff is trying to help make the adjustment in antibiotic regulations easier for all producers,” National Pork Board President Jan Archer told the Minnesota Farm Guide. Archer is a pig farmer from Goldsboro, N.C. “While many of us already have a well-established working relationship with a veterinarian, we know some producers and youth exhibitors who live in places with few pigs may not have easy access to veterinary help. We hope this tool will help with that potential scenario.”

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