Honey Bees Fall Under Veterinary Feed Directive

With the implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive, veterinarians may be asked to provide a VFD order or prescription for beekeepers. Veterinarians should be aware that bees are classified as livestock/food-producing animals under the VFD. 

Per the AVMA, "Honey bees are classified as livestock/food-producing animals by the federal government because products from apiculture enter the human food chain, including honey, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly. The requirements for completing a VFD order or prescription for honey bees are the same as for any other food-producing animal; the federal rule restricts beekeepers from using any medically important antibiotics (outlined in FDA guidance 152 appendix A) in their honey bees without either a VFD order or a prescription from a veterinarian. The rule applies equally to hobbyists and commercial beekeeping enterprises."

Updated: 2017-03-10 08:00:00

Author: Oregon Veterinary Medical Association