Livestock Drug Program

The Livestock Drug Program regulates over-the-counter livestock drugs. A program Registration Specialist reviews the livestock drugs for safety and efficacy. Particularly, livestock drugs intended for food production animals should be used in a way as not to cause a drug residue in food products derived from these animals. Fees are collected for licensing and registration to fund this program. Federal prescription drugs are exempt from registration.

Restricted Livestock Drugs and California Prescription Drugs

Certain antimicrobial restricted livestock drugs changed status on January 1, 2018 to require a prescription for purchase and use in California. CDFA has published final regulations clarifying new retailer requirements to sell restricted livestock drugs, including products that now require a prescription in California. Pursuant to the new regulations, these products are now defined as California prescription drugs. The adopted regulation text and final statement of reasons can be found at: /is/Regulations.

Please reference the documents below for more information about important changes to how these products can be sold. Additional resources will be posted as they become available.

For more information about medically important antimicrobial drugs, please visit the Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship website.

Livestock Drug Qualified Individual Training

The Antimicrobial Use and Stewardship (AUS) program is updating the Qualified Individual (QI) training to be available as an online course for increased accessibility for participants. The online course is set to be available Summer of 2019. If AUS plans to schedule another in-person training, information will be found on this web page. If you would like to be emailed any updates, please contact us at

UPDATE: Due to numerous requests for QI trainings, AUS is now going to host another in-person training session. The training will be held on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 in Sacramento, CA. If you would like to register for this free training to become a Certified Livestock Drug Qualified Individual, or learn more about the new requirements to sell California Prescription Drugs, please email to register, or if you have additional questions. Hurry, seats are limited!

We will post updates as soon as they are available.

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