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NEWS RELEASE: Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Receives Funding to Lay Foundation for National Surveillance of AMU

February 2, 2017

Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association received funding under the Canadian government’s Federal Assistance Program that will help lay the foundation needed to conduct surveillance on antimicrobial use (AMU) by the veterinary community in Canada, and build on its commitment to take action on antimicrobial resistance.

“Recognition of antimicrobial resistance and the importance antimicrobial use has surged dramatically in recent years, and effective AMU surveillance is fundamental to meet Canadian commitments towards progress within this challenging area,” says Dr. Troy Bourque, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) President. “As stewards within the antimicrobial distribution pathway, veterinarians play a critical role in this process.”

The CVMA will hold a workshop in Ottawa, Ontario on February 28 and March 1, 2017 with the veterinary community and relevant partners in animal and human health to build a collective understanding of the existing state of AMU surveillance in the veterinary context, and to identify information gaps and requirements to design efficient and effective data/information gathering methods.

The workshop is Phase 1 of the project, to be completed by March 31, 2017.

The workshop supports recommendations in the document, Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use – A Pan-Canadian Framework for Professional Standards for Veterinarians, which was created after broad stakeholder consultation and discussion by the CVMA’s Veterinary Pharmaceutical Stewardship Advisory Group and the Canadian Council of Veterinary Registrars.

The upcoming workshop and Framework addresses new veterinary responsibilities that accompany the Federal Government implementation of increased veterinary oversight of antimicrobials slated for the end of 2017.

The work by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association will help Canada’s commitment to establish and strengthen surveillance systems to identify new threats or changing patterns in antimicrobial resistance and use, in human and animal settings, as described in the Federal Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and Use in Canada: Building on the Federal Framework for Action.

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The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is the national and international voice for Canada’s veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine. Visit canadianveterinarians.net to learn more about CVMA.

Contact: 
Tanya Frye, Communications Manager
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
613.236.1162 x 128
tfrye@cvma-acmv.org

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