Resources to help avoid drug residues
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Use resources to help avoid drug residues

November 11, 2016
POSTED BY: Gary Neubauer | DVM | Senior Manager | Dairy Technical Services | Zoetis

Avoiding drug residue violations in meat and milk requires a team effort from you, your dairy employees and your veterinarian. As an industry, there’s been great progress made in reducing violations. In 2016, only 0.01% of tanker loads of milk tested positive for antibiotic residues.1 This is a historical record, but we shouldn’t stop now. Zoetis is here to support your efforts to avoid residues and has a variety of resources available to help:

  • — Resources, videos and articles with tips to help you avoid residues

    • Establishing and maintaining a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) with your veterinarian
    • Why should I care about residues?
    • Opportunities to improve health records
    • Residue risk assessmen
    • Key aspects of protocol compliance
  • Route of administration pocket guide — With step-by-step treatment and administration procedures, this bilingual guide makes it easy to follow these protocols to avoid milk or meat residues.

  • The Right Treatment Starts Here — A bilingual poster is available to help remind your employees how to properly administer treatments. For a larger version of this poster, ask your local Zoetis representative.

  • Surveillance and monitoring — Since 1998 in the U.S. and Canada, we’ve been monitoring susceptibility and resistance for bovine respiratory disease and mastitis pathogens. What does this mean for you? Confidence in the products you’re using and potential for fewer treatments, thus reducing your risk for violative residue violations. 

  • On-farm assessment — Evaluate management practices that impact your dairy’s level of risk for violative residues and opportunities for improvement. Talk to your Zoetis representative about getting started with this assessment on your operation.


1 National Milk Drug Residue Data Base. Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report. Published February 14, 2017. Accessed April 4, 2017. 



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