The links to Frequently Asked Questions below cover basic and
timely information and guidance for those interested in CVMís
responsibilities and the many products it regulates. Answers
usually include further links to in-depth information included
throughout CVM's Website, as well as on the sites of other government
If you can't find the answer to your question here, you can
use the search feature on this page or go to the CVM
Index. Please note: FDA cannot comment
about drugs that are in the review process, e.g., we cannot
answer a question about when a drug will be approved or not
I need help with my pet/livestock's health
FDA CVM DOES NOT answer questions about specific animal
or pet illnesses, or the use of any veterinary drug, feed, or
other product. Questions regarding your animal's health and/or
the specific use of any veterinary drug, feed, or other product
should always be referred to your veterinarian.
Where can I get information on vaccines?
FDA CVM is not involved with vaccines. Veterinary biologics
(vaccines, bacterins, diagnostics, etc, which are used to prevent,
treat, or diagnose animal diseases) are regulated by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Center
for Veterinary Biologics.
Where can I get documents that are
not yet linked up on this site?
You may submit written or e-mail requests to FDA CVM for hard
copies of documents that are not posted. Documents are continuously
being added to this site, and requested documents may get priority.
Please note CVM is only required to post CVM documents published
after November 1, 1996. All CVM documents can be ordered in
paper format from FDA CVM.
Copies of documents are available from:
Food and Drug Administration
Center for Veterinary Medicine
7519 Standish Place, HFV-12
Rockville, Maryland 20855
Freedom of Information Summaries are available from:
Food and Drug Administration
Freedom of Information Staff, HFI-35, Rm. 12A-20
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20857
May I copy this site?
All FDA CVM produced material may be copied, reproduced, and
distributed as long as CVM is cited as the corporate author.
Please Note: The searchable "Electronic Green Book" (formerly
known as the "FDA Approved Animal Drug Data Base") information
is produced by the Drug Information Laboratory, Virginia Polytechnic
Institute, and State University, not the FDA CVM.
Will you put a link to my site on
This site includes several pages of links to external sites.
We generally will not provide links to pharmaceutical firms,
feed manufacturers, or other commercial entities. If you are
connected to a university, non-commercial organization, or government
agency (i.e., your address ends in .edu, .org, or .gov) we will
review your site for a possible link.
I am confused about subscripts, superscripts,
graphics, or other mathematical issues.
There is a file that describes in detail the techniques used
to present technical documents within the constraints of HTML:
Notes on reading technical
texts on line.
I have a new animal drug product.
How do I get it approved?
The veterinary drug approval process consists of a series of
consultative procedures and reviews. See our Information
and Requirements For New Animal Drug Approval page for the
regulations, guidance documents, instructions and forms necessary
for the submission of an application.
You use a lot of abbreviations
on your Website. Where can I find their definitions?
See our Abbreviations
and Acronyms for the definitions of abbreviations used in
the documents on this Website.
Why canít I find any information on
a drug called Abcxyz on your site?
There are several reasons why you might not find a certain
drug on CVMís Website.
- Misspelling check the spelling of
the drugís name
- Itís a human drug and not a veterinary drug
go to the Center
for Drug Evaluation and Review (CDER) for information
on human drugs
- The drug has not been approved for use in
the United States
My dog had a bad reaction to a drug
the veterinarian prescribed. Who do I notify?
Veterinarians and animal owners are encouraged to report adverse
drug experiences and suspected product failures to the government
agency that regulates the product in question. Visit our How
to Report an Adverse Drug Experience page for the information
and forms that are needed to report adverse experiences with
I want to market a new pet food or
pet treat. Do I need FDA approval?
There is no requirement that pet food products have premarket
approval by FDA. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does
require that pet foods, like human foods, be pure and wholesome,
contain no harmful or deleterious substances, and be truthfully
labeled. Information about marketing a pet food product may
be found by reading our Information
on Marketing a Pet Food Product flyer.
Web page updated Thursday, June
27, 2002 at 11:32 AM ET