Free veterinary feed directive lecture to be offered at Iowa’s Dairy Center January 18

Iowa’s Dairy Center and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) are offering a free Veterinary Feed Directive lecture Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m.

Iowa’s Dairy Center is located immediately south of the NICC Calmar campus at 1527 Hwy. 150 S., and the lecture will be held in Room 115.

Gerry VandeVorde, a livestock compliance investigator for the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, will present information about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule, which went into effect Jan. 1, and is an important part of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) overall strategy to ensure the judicious use of medically important antimicrobials in food-producing animals.

VandeVorde received his B.S. from Iowa State University December 1985 in agricultural studies and agricultural mechanization, with an emphasis in agronomy and extended study in animal science. He has been a compliance investigator with the Iowa Department of Agriculture since 1995 and is an FDA-commissioned officer covering medicated feeds, antibiotic tissue residues, bovine spongiform encephalopathy and egg safety. He has knowledge of and has trained in the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and Iowa Feed Laws and Regulations.

For more information about the lecture, contact Kelli Hovey, R.V.T., NICC Veterinary Technician program instructor at (563) 534-9957, ext.131 or

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