Writing treatment protocols, on-farm training, and records-making it a seamless system (Proceedings)
Aug 01, 2010
CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS
The request for a written treatment protocol is made frequently and easily by people that don't have to accomplish the task. This request is made with the best intentions and it is necessary that we accomplish this, but it is not quite as simple as it sounds. Simply defining mastitis as abnormal milk and leaving instructions to infuse the quarter with an intramammary tube does not meet our obligation to the cows, the consumers who have a stake in what products they purchase, ourselves, the regulatory agencies administering drug usage laws, and the dairies workers; either the responsible manager or the first touch worker, nor the ownership of the dairy.
Treatment protocols are prepared based on being able to define an expected condition and then leaving instructions about what to do when what was defined is found. The laws regulating drug usage include a requirement for a valid veterinarian client patient relationship (VCPR).
The valid VCPR exists when:
As practitioners, the law that had the greatest impact on the protocol writing was the Animal Medical Drug Usage Clarification Act (AMDUCA), meeting the letter of the law isn't always easy but meeting the intent of the law is. This law is the lynch pin for the papers that follow and the organization of a plan that needs to be very comprehensive yet remain simple and easy to accomplish.
Starting where the dairy is offers several very important pieces of information:
The complexity of the written protocol does need to be considered first if we are going to keep the entire process transparent, simple, and easy. We need to give thought to the simple definitions used to describe what we expect to have caretakers find and clear instructions about what to do when they find what was defined.