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2017 Animal Health Week Wrap-Up

October 27, 2017

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) celebrated a successful Animal Health Week from October 1 to 7. With nearly 200 clinics and animal hospitals participating, thousands of animal families from coast to coast were introduced to this year’s theme of “Animal Welfare: Safeguarding the Five Animal Freedoms.

Thank you to all veterinarians, veterinary teams, and students who helped celebrate. We hope you were able to engage with your clients and disseminate information about animal welfare that will help animals lead healthy and happy lives, so they not only survive, but thrive.  

We are thrilled with the success of this year’s Animal Health Week. Check out clinic celebrations by looking up #AnimalHealthWeek on Facebook and Twitter.

Mark your calendar for the 2018 Animal Health Week campaign, which will take place from September 30 to October 6 next year.

We could not have achieved this success without the support of our generous sponsors. We would like to graciously thank our 2017 Animal Health Week sponsors: Principal Plus Sponsor, Boehringer Ingelheim, Principal Sponsor, Petsecure Pet Health Insurance, and Program Sponsors, iFinance Petcard and Elanco.

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Check out the Northumberland Veterinary Services staff (Colborne, Ont.) modelling this year’s amazing Animal Health Week t-shirts with the help of some furry friends! The clinic provided free treats (for pets and people!), pet insurance information, safety flashers, collapsible bowls, and more during the week! They also offered daily door prizes and a children’s colouring contest.  


The Village Cat Clinic (Ancaster, Ont.) did not hold back when celebrating Animal Health Week this year! Check out their vibrant display illustrating the Five Animal Freedoms. And they made kitty cupcakes to boot! 



CVMA member, Dr. Lynn Morgan, was featured on Rogers Daytime Ottawa speaking about the Five Animal Freedoms. 

Click on the photo to watch the interview.
Dr. Morgan was joined by her adorable border collie, Fox!  
One of the Lessard Callingwood Veterinary Hospital’s (Edmonton, Alta.) RVTs, Janelle, put her creative skills to work and drew the Five Animal Freedoms on the clinic chalkboard – what talent! The Hospital was the winner of our Animal Health Week early bird merchandise order prize and received a $100 Subway gift card from the CVMA. Some of the staff’s Subway treats snuck into the photo.    

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) invited Dr. Shane Renwick, CVMA Manager, National Issues and Animal Welfare, to talk about Animal Health Week on October 4 and 5. The CFIA is always a strong supporter of Animal Health week as evidenced in the photos! Dr. Renwick (left) is pictured with Dr. Mohit Baxi, Director, Animal Import/Export, CFIA.