Animal and Veterinary Products

The manufacture and distribution of food and drugs given to animals is subject to regulation by both state and federal agencies. On the federal level, depending on the product and the type of animal for which it is intended, the product may be regulated by either the FDA or the USDA. Products regulated by the FDA are vetted by the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). CVM is responsible for regulating drugs, devices, and food additives given not only to pets (companion animals), but also animals for human consumption, such as poultry, cattle, swine, chickens, turkeys, and others. The USDA is responsible for regulating veterinary biologics, including vaccines, bacterins, and diagnostics for animals that are used to prevent, treat, or diagnose animal diseases.

Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph has experience assisting businesses with all aspects of veterinary product regulation, manufacture, approval, and marketing. We have worked with veterinarians, food manufacturers, and university professors and staff to understand and comply with federal and state regulations pertaining to their animal and veterinary products so that they could market and distribute them in the U.S. without fear of enforcement action.

Our services for clients doing business in the animal and veterinary industries include:

  • Assistance with the import and export of veterinary drugs and medical devices
  • Review of pet food labeling for compliance with FDA requirements
  • Compilation and submission of various drug applications to the FDA, including abbreviated new animal drug applications and applications for approval of drug products for minor species
  • Review of pet food marketing and promotional materials
  • Legal guidance on the import and export of pet food and treats
  • Responses to regulatory enforcement actions, warning letters, and product recalls
  • Assistance with compliance with parallel state laws and regulations applicable to animal products