Animal & Veterinary

Frequently Asked Questions - Products Regulated by CVM

Pet/Livestock's Health or Feeding

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.

Animal Drugs

How to get a new animal drug product 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.

Why can’t 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 CVM’s Website.

  • Misspelling — check the spelling of the drug’s name
  • It’s 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

Animal Food/Feed

Marketing a new pet food or pet treat

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. For questions about pet food labels, Contact Association of American Feed Control Officials, Inc.

Vaccines for Animals

FDA CVM is not involved with vaccines for animals. 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.


Contact FDA

Center for Veterinary Medicine

Food and Drug Administration

7519 Standish Place, HFV-1

Rockville, MD 20855

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