Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM)

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As seen on the center's logo, the mission statement for FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) reads: "Protecting Human and Animal Health." To achieve this broad mission, CVM:

  • Makes sure an animal drug is safe and effective before approving it. The center approves animal drugs for companion (pet) animals, such as dogs, cats, and horses; and for food-producing animals, such as cattle, pigs, and chickens. If the drug is for a food-producing animal, before approving it, the center also makes sure that food products made from treated animals-meat, milk, and eggs-are safe for people to eat;
  • Monitors the safety and effectiveness of animal drugs on the market;
  • Makes sure food for animals-which includes animal feed, pet food, and pet treats-is safe, made under sanitary conditions, and properly labeled;
  • Makes sure a food additive for use in food for animals is safe and effective before approving it;
  • Conducts research that helps FDA ensure the safety of animal drugs, food for animals, and food products made from animals; and
  • Helps make more animal drugs legally available for minor species, such as fish, hamsters, and parrots; and for minor (infrequent and limited) uses in a major species, such as cattle, turkeys, and dogs.

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