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Canadian Veterinary Reserve – Ready to Respond

April 29, 2017

May 7-13, 2017 is Emergency Preparedness Week in Canada. Will you be kicking off spring with a fresh look at your emergency preparedness plans? No matter what type of plan you are putting in place, family or business, your plan needs to be practiced to make sure it works and to improve it where needed.

The Canadian Veterinary Reserve (CVR) did just that in March 2017 by conducting an annual test of its call-up capability to ensure its CVR member veterinarians would respond quickly to serve in a large-scale animal emergency anywhere in Canada.  

This year’s CVR Call-Up Drill took place March 20-23, 2017. The full complement of 288 CVR Members were contacted via e-mail with an urgent request to serve in a foreign animal disease or a flash flood emergency. In both scenarios, which were fictitious and for drill test purposes only, thousands of animals were affected. Within 24 hours, 55 per cent of CVR members (158) had replied to the urgent request and of those 158, more than 50 per cent indicated they would serve. The target set by the CVR for response is that 50 per cent of its membership replies within a 24-hour period. The number of CVR members indicating their availability to serve also exceeded expectations. For future drills, the CVR will add text notification of emergency events in addition to e-mail.

The Canadian Veterinary Reserve, a national body of Canadian veterinarians, provides veterinary surge capacity to first responders in large-scale animal disease emergencies and other disasters affecting animal health and welfare. CVR members choose where and when they serve and are fairly remunerated for their service.

Are you a veterinarian interested in joining the CVR? Go to and add your name to the roster of over 250 members.

The Canadian Veterinary Reserve is a program of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.