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The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) will pay up to $25,000 each year towards qualified educational loans of eligible veterinarians who agree to serve in a NIFA-designated veterinarian shortage situation for a period of three years. To learn more about the VMLRP, click on the link below.

Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

10/11/2016 (see update below)

...and what does this have to do with my ranch, dairy, farm, or show animals? Why are we now discussing VFD's and VFD drugs?

Beginning January 1, 2017 a certain class of livestock drugs will find their way onto the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drug list. In 1996 Congress enacted the Animal Drug Availability Act (ADAA, Public Law 104-250) to regulate new animal drugs used in or on animal feed. These uses were limited to those allowed under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. These drugs were termed Veterinary Feed Directive drugs or VFD drugs. Continue reading...

10/19/16 Update

Please note the following relevant NM Board of Veterinary Medicine Rule : "The veterinarian writing a veterinary food directive (VFD) order for premises in New Mexico must be a New Mexico-licensed veterinarian and present on the premises within the six (6) months preceding the issuance of the order.  All elements of the federal rules to issue a VFD order must be met and the issuing veterinarian must provide supporting documentation of the visit to the premises including medical records within fourteen (14) days of a request from the board to provide such documentation"

For additional information, click on the following links:

The FDA site for the Veterinary Feed Directive
List of distributors by state registered to sell the VFD drugs (to date)
List of the drugs transitioning
NM Board of Veterinary Medicine Rules
Read full story on the VFD here

We have devoted a section of our website to all issues and documents related to Bovine Trich.  You may use the link below to get to it, and for future reference, please use our site search feature (above right) or choose "Animal Health" and then "Animal Health Programs" to navigate to the Trich page. That page contains a regularly-updated county map showing trich incidents by county, as well several documents and forms for your use such as trich test records, EPI forms, a herd management plan, and various documents containing guidelines and requirements.

Click Here to see Bovine Trich Links and Documents

The FAQ linked below provides answers to frequently answered questions about Scrapie.

Should I Test My Flock-Scrapie FAQs.pdf

See the links below for the updated grant application and guidelines for the 2016 horse shelter rescue fund.

New Mexico Horse Shelter Rescue Fund 2016 GrantApplication.pdf
2016 Guidelines for Horse Shelter Grant Application.pdf

November 2016 update

There have still been no positive VS cases at the national level since the report below.  Should that change, we will place a new article on this at the top of this page.

3/4/2016 (National Situation Report below updated.)

As of November 4, 2015, there are no livestock under Vesicular Stomatitis-related Quarantine in New Mexico.

Vesicular stomatitis is a reportable disease in all fifty states.  Many states have enhanced entry requirements for livestock originating from states where livestock are under quarantine for Vesicular Stomatitis.  Always check with the state of destination before movement of livestock to ensure that entry requirements are met before movement from the state of origin.  Producer and private practitioner vigilance for evidence of vesicular lesions in livestock, and immediate reporting of such findings to state and/or federal animal health officials, is essential for prompt diagnosis and control of disease spread and initiation of movement controls and biosecurity measures to protect other livestock.

VSV Situation Report as of 3-4-2016
VSV Positive Premises Chart as of 10-29-2015
Vesicular Stomatitis Factsheet May 2015

See the document below, both in English and Spanish, for a discussion on how to minimize the risk of your horse getting and/or spreading the EHV-1 virus.

23 enero 2016 -- Como puedes minimizar el riesgo de su caballo.pdf

We have added a section to our Animal Health pages, accessible from the menu on the left, for Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA).  We have included extensive information on the disease and everything needed to order EVA vaccine, including:

  • Links to the applicable New Mexico statute and rule
  • Fillable Vaccine Request Form
  • Requirements for Certification of Vaccination
  • Link to NM Horse Breeders' Association for other detailed requirements

Click here to go directly to that new page.