The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA CVM) regulates many of the products used for animals in the U.S., including animal food/feeds (such as pet food), feed additives and drugs. However, the regulatory process can seem a complete mystery to the veterinarians it affects.
In attempt to make the regulatory process more easily understood by practicing veterinarians, the FDA CVM has created several PowerPoint presentations that explain the process, the products regulated by the CVM, the CVM's role in regulating animal drugs and feeds, and how adverse event reports filed by veterinarians are used by the CVM.
The PowerPoint presentations linked from this page were presented at the AVMA Annual Convention held July 16-19, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.
For more information on the CVM's role in regulating animal drugs and feeds, visit the CVM's pages below
To report an adverse event associated with a FDA approved veterinary drug, you should contact the manufacturer. The manufacturer is required to provide this information to the FDA. If the drug in question is not FDA-approved, or if the event involves a medical device, reporting information can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/SafetyHealth/ReportaProblem/ucm055305.htm
To report an adverse event associated with an animal feed or pet food, submit a report to the FDA at www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov.
For general information on reporting adverse events, view the AVMA's "Reporting Adverse Events" page.