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Animal Health Week 2020 — October 4 to 10, 2020 Understanding Zoonotic Diseases: Community Health — Animals and You

July 28, 2020

It’s time to start planning for Animal Health Week 2020! Animal Health Week is an annual national public awareness campaign organized by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and hosted by veterinarians across Canada. Each year, through Animal Health Week, the veterinary community draws attention to an important health-related message. During the first week of October, veterinary teams across Canada promote a significant animal health-related message and responsible animal ownership as part of Animal Health Week celebrations. Many veterinary hospitals and clinics host open houses, hold photo contests, offer clinic tours, and organize various events for their community.

The CVMA is proud to have celebrated Animal Health Week across the country for 35 years! From October 4–10, 2020, the CVMA will raise awareness of Zoonotic Diseases. This year’s theme Understanding Zoonotic Diseases: Community Health — Animals and You will showcase how Canada’s veterinary professionals occupy unique positions within the national One Health community to support the fight against these diseases and how protecting animal health protects everyone’s health. This campaign will empower the national veterinary community through awareness, recognition, and knowledge of threats, in-turn improving public health and animal welfare. Promotional tools, information, and merchandise will be available to promote activities across the country.

The 2020 Animal Health Week campaign key messages are:

  • Regular veterinary wellness checks can help protect you, your family, and your pet from zoonotic diseases.
  • Zoonotic diseases may be transmitted from animals to people, but they can be easily prevented.
  • Always wash your hands after being around animals, even if you did not touch them.
  • Talk to your veterinary team for information on zoonotic diseases.

As Animal Health Week nears, visit the Animal Health Week section under the Practice & Economics tab of the CVMA website to find tips and tools to help plan your celebrations.

Sponsors Generous support of the 2020 Animal Health Week campaign is provided by Program Plus Sponsors, IDEXX and Merck Animal Health, and Program Sponsors, iFinance Canada (Petcard), Petsecure, and Virbac.

This month we highlight one of our Program Plus Sponsors, IDEXX Canada:

IDEXX supports the Canadian market with over 25 years of diagnostic innovation for healthier pets and happier pet owners. IDEXX helps practices deliver the best possible care while fostering strong, lasting partnerships with their customers with a strong commitment to education, innovative diagnostic solutions and intuitive information management tools to support practice growth.

IDEXX also recognizes the importance of preventive care to uncover underlying disease in “healthy” patients with the most complete and advanced menu of tests. The value of preventive care cannot be underestimated. As patients show no clinical signs of many diseases until they are well advanced, preventive care testing is critical to catching them in their early stages. Such tests can provide information to prevent many problems and subsequently, help patients live longer. Routine preventive care testing has distinct medical benefits. There is ample evidence to support routine preventive care visits that include diagnostic testing. Results of routine bloodwork and fecal testing help veterinarians detect diseases and conditions, leading to earlier interventions that help patients of all ages live healthy lives for as long as possible. Once a veterinarian has baseline values, she/he can monitor trends and, if necessary, create individualized treatment plans. If no abnormality is detected, veterinarians and staff can — and should — celebrate the good news with clients. Practices reinforce the importance of routine wellness checks and the central role that clients play in the health of their pet by communicating the value of every test result.

IDEXX has new evidence that supports the value of preventive care profiles on all adult dogs. Of the nearly 30 000 canine profiles included in this analysis, there was little variation in the rate of clinically significant findings between adult dogs and senior dogs. The study was based on an analysis of IDEXX Preventive Care profiles run as part of wellness visits. Visit if you would like to view the medical evidence from this analysis.

IDEXX has a team of experts dedicated to your success. From panel pricing to pricing consultation to staff engagement, get personalized support, guidance, and expertise from the IDEXX team ready to help every step of the way. Visit preventivecare if you would like to learn more or contact your Veterinary Diagnostic Consultant to find everything you need to implement diagnostics for a lifetime of healthy relationships.