Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use in Animals in Canada


Veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use is being strengthened in Canada as part of the fight against antimicrobial resistance. This means important changes for you as a practitioner and for the veterinary profession.

New federal regulations will require veterinary oversight of the use of antimicrobials administered to food animals, including those administered in feed or water. The target date for having new regulations in place is the end of 2017.

The information in this section is offered to help veterinarians in Canada understand how their role will change.

Throughout 2016, CVMA in partnership with the Canadian Council of Veterinary Registrars (CCVR), provided key relevant information to help increase awareness of key issues and new developments as the new regulations are finalized and implemented. This will continue in 2017.

After broad stakeholder consultation and discussion, the CCVR and the CVMA’s Veterinary Pharmaceutical Stewardship Advisory Group (VPSAG) developed a pan-Canadian framework of professional standards for veterinarians regarding veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use. It is available for download here.