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Member Spotlight

Published: 5/15/2017

Meet the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA).

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) represents the veterinary profession in Canada. It has 7,287 veterinarian and student members and joined the WSAVA in 2011. CVMA members are enthusiastic users of the Standardization Guidelines provided by our Committees, including those on vaccination, nutrition and pain management. The CVMA is also working closely with us on issues including Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMU), access to pharmaceuticals, such as ketamine, and raising global standards for animal welfare.


Tackling AMU – A key focus in Canada


New Canadian federal regulations requiring the veterinary oversight of the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals are soon to be introduced so, in preparation, the CVMA, in partnership with the Canadian Council of Veterinary Registrars, has developed a pan-Canadian framework for professional standards for veterinarians. This document aims to assist Canadian provincial and territorial veterinary regulatory bodies in developing their own regulations, guidelines or bylaws relating to the use of antimicrobials.

Earlier this year, more than 50 veterinary community members and partners gathered in Ottawa for a workshop to identify relevant types of data to collect for a national veterinary prescription-based AMU surveillance program. Outputs from the workshop are now shaping information-gathering methods to determine how and what kind of AMU surveillance data should be collected to close gaps and optimize effectiveness of data collection.

During Summer 2017, the CVMA will begin updating and expanding its Antimicrobial Prudent Use Guidelines for Beef Cattle, Poultry and Swine Guidelines to include companion animals. In doing this, it aims to support the needs of the Canadian veterinary community with the new regulations through providing an updated tool set.


Photo banner: CVMA Veterinary community members and partners took part in a workshop to identify the most relevant types of data to collect for a national veterinary prescription-based antimicrobial use surveillance program earlier this year.