Media Releases

May 9, 2017

Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) started the initial steps to
develop a tool set to provide veterinarians with guidelines to support responsible and prudent
use of antimicrobial medications in animals during a planning workshop in Ottawa, Ontario
from May 9 and 10, 2017. 


March 29, 2017

Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has revised its previous position statement from 2011 on the onychectomy (declaw) of domestic felids to clearly oppose the procedure. 


February 28, 2017

Ottawa, ON – On February 28 to March 1, over 50 veterinary community members and partners will gather in Ottawa to identify the most relevant types of data to collect for a national veterinary prescription-based antimicrobial use surveillance program. 


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. 


January 21, 2017

CALGARY, AB. – On January 21, 2017, Dr. Temple Grandin addresses 200 Canadian veterinary students with her keynote lecture, “Animal Behaviour; Understanding How Animals Talk and Feel,” at the annual Students of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA) Symposium, hosted this year by the University of Calgary – Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM). 


January 18, 2017

Ottawa, ON – The Canadian veterinary profession has taken a significant step forward with the creation of a national framework to address its responsibilities under new Federal Government regulations for increased veterinary oversight of antimicrobials, which are expected to be implemented by the end of 2017. 


September 29, 2016

OTTAWA, Ont. – The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) would like to recognize Animal Health Week, from October 2 to 8, by drawing attention to the important role veterinarians play in “One Health.” 


July 8, 2016

OTTAWA, Ont. – Dr. Shawn Llewellyn, dedicated animal advocate, has been honoured with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) Humane Award


July 8, 2016

OTTAWA, Ont. – The Animal Care Centre of Strathmore has been recognized as Practice of the Year by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) for creating a mixed animal practice with a vision to add value to the community through quality, compassionate care for large and small animals, and employment opportunities for community members. 


July 8, 2016

OTTAWA, Ont. – Dr. Melodie Chan has been honoured with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) Industry Award for championing best practices in animal welfare and animal husbandry. 


July 8, 2016

OTTAWA, ON – Ms. Elizabeth J. Knight has been awarded with Honourary Membership to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) for elevating the practice of transfusion medicine in Canada. 


July 8, 2016

OTTAWA, ON – Dr. Bernhard Pukay is being honoured with a Life Membership to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) for his significant contributions to the CVMA and veterinary profession worldwide. 


July 8, 2016

OTTAWA, Ont. – Dr. Sylvie Latour was honoured with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) President’s Award for her expertise and outstanding dedication to the veterinary profession. 


July 8, 2016

OTTAWA, Ont. – Dr. Ernie Prowse was honoured with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Small Animal Practitioner Award for his compassion and continuous dedication to the animals in his care. 


July 8, 2016

OTTAWA, Ont. – Dr. Larry Hammell was awarded the 2016 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Merck Veterinary Award for his monumental commitment to the enhancement of a sustainable aquaculture industry through logical evidence-based decision-making and for his contributions which have directly influenced aquatic animal health policy worldwide. 


July 4, 2016

Niagara Falls, Ont. - The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) annual Summit will discuss the impact of proposed federal regulatory changes that will increase veterinary oversight on the use of antimicrobials administered in feed or water to food animals. 


March 7, 2016

OTTAWA — March is National Tick Awareness Month in Canada. This initiative led by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), in partnership with Merck Animal Health, helps shed light on tick behaviour and risks, and the importance of tick seasonality in establishing parasite control programs for pets.


Oct. 1, 2015

OTTAWA — The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) would like to recognize Animal Health Week by drawing attention to the important role played by veterinarians and animals owners through their partnership in keeping animals healthy through preventative medical care. 


July 17, 2015

OTTAWA — Dr. Timothy H. Ogilvie is being honoured with a Life Membership to the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) for being a leader, pioneer and teacher for many generations of veterinarians. 


July 17, 2015

OTTAWA — Dr. Timothy Blackwell, a large animal veterinarian, has been honoured with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) Humane Award. 


July 17, 2015

OTTAWA — Dr. Susan Kilborn was honoured with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)Small Animal Practitioner Award for her compassion and continuous dedication to the animals in her care. 


July 17, 2015

OTTAWA — Dr. Michelle Lem was honoured with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)President’s Award for her ongoing commitment to the veterinary profession through her practice and work as founder and director of Community Veterinary Outreach, a registered charity that has provided pro bono preventive veterinary care for animals of the homeless and marginally housed in Ottawa since 2003. 


July 17, 2015

OTTAWA — Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. has been recognized as Practice of the Year by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) for providing high quality professional services to feedlot and cow/calf operations across western Canada. 


July 17, 2015

OTTAWA — Dr. Yves Tarte has been honoured with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA)Industry Award for his contribution to the advancement of veterinary medicine throughout his 24 years of service with Hill’s Pet Nutrition, holding many positions from Professional Service Representative and retiring as Senior Professional Development Veterinarian. 


July 17, 2015

OTTAWA — Dr. Doug MacDougald was awarded the 2015 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)Merck Veterinary Award for his monumental work in the swine industry. He is widely recognized as a key opinion leader and veterinary leader within the North American pork industry for his work to minimize, control and ultimately promote the elimination of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus in Canada. 


July 17, 2015

CALGARY — Brief Media, publisher of Clinician's Brief, announced its educational partnership with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) at the 2015 CVMA Convention held in Calgary, Alberta on July 16-19. Within the partnership, Brief Media will produce a monthly global edition of Clinician's Brief to be distributed as a courtesy, without cost, to all members in good standing of the CVMA, a World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) member organization. 


July 17, 2015

CALGARY — The exhibit hall opening of the 2015 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Convention in Calgary not only opened its doors to veterinarians across Canada and around the world, but it also opened its hearts to raise money and awareness for Tails of Help, a local Alberta charity that focuses on helping provide essential veterinary care for ill or injured pets of owners who are experiencing financial hardship. 


July 16, 2015

CALGARY — The Calgary Stampede may be over, but over 500 veterinary professionals from across Canada, the United States and around the world have another reason to visit Calgary as they attend the nation’s only multi-species event, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Convention, to address educational questions related to anesthesia and pain management, ophthalmology, endocrine and metabolic diseases, nutrition, clinical pharmacology, biosecurity and disease control, bovine lameness, infectious diseases and more. 


July 16, 2015

CALGARY — The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is pleased to announce a four-year agreement with Virox Animal Health to exclusively sponsor the CVMA’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), which is geared towards veterinary graduates and experienced professionals alike to develop leadership and communication skills. 


July 15, 2015

CALGARY — The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association president opens the exhibit hall of the annual Convention with a goal to support Tails of Help during the three-day event. Tails of Help is a charity that helps fund essential veterinary care for ill or injured pets of owners who are experiencing financial hardship. 


July 13, 2015

CALGARY — The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s (CVMA) annual Convention will tackle a multitude of questions from veterinary professionals during its continuing education sessions that cover topics such as anesthesia and pain management, dentistry, ophthalmology, endocrine and metabolic diseases, nutrition, clinical pharmacology, biosecurity and disease control, bovine lameness, and infectious diseases. 


April 29, 2015

OTTAWA — The spring 2015 Auditor General of Canada’s Report concludes that key responsibilities have not been fulfilled by the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada to address inadequacies to help the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).


April 20, 2015

OTTAWA — The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) supports Health Canada’s announcement in its intention to propose new measures and strengthen regulations that encourages prudent use of antimicrobial drugs used in food-producing animals, particularly ones that are considered medically important.


July 15, 2014

OTTAWA — Veterinary and human health doctors gathered at the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association's (CVMA) Summit of Veterinary Leaders to share knowledge about antibiotic resistance, one of the most serious global threats to human and animal health in the 21st century.


Dr. Jean Gauvin appointed as 66th president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

July 14, 2014

OTTAWA — Dr. Jean Gauvin of Lachine, Quebec, has been appointed the 66th national president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). Dr. Gauvin succeeds Dr. Jim Berry, of Estey’s Bridge, New Brunswick, whose term as president officially came to an end on July 9, 2014.


Mayor of St. John’s welcomes national veterinary association to Newfoundland and Labrador

July 8, 2014

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Mayor of St. John’s, Dennis O’Keefe, joined the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) president, Dr. Jim Berry, to officially welcome veterinary professionals from across Canada and around the world to the CVMA 2014 Convention in St. John’s, N.L.


MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayor of St. John’s to officially welcome national and international veterinary professionals to the city

July 3, 2014

OTTAWA — Mayor of St. John’s, Dennis O’Keefe, joins the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) president, Dr. Jim Berry, to officially welcome veterinary professionals from across Canada and around the world to the 2014 CVMA Convention in St. John’s, N.L.