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CVMA Participates in First Federal, Provincial, Territorial Antimicrobial Resistance Steering Committee

July 26, 2016

As part of the Federal Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and Use in Canada, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) joined other like-minded stakeholders on June 23, 2016 in Ottawa for the first meeting of the Federal, Provincial, Territorial (FPT) Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Steering Committee.  

The meeting engaged stakeholders in the human health and agri-food sectors (e.g., government, industry, human health professionals, veterinarians, professional licensing bodies) on efforts to develop a pan-Canadian framework and action plan on AMR. An international perspective was presented by a speaker from Public Health England who discussed the United Kingdom’s lessons learned on the development and implementation of its AMR strategy.

The meeting was an opportunity for participants to present and discuss existing practices relating to antimicrobial use (AMU), identify best practices, and explore how to best leverage existing educational opportunities. 

The CVMA presented its draft document, “Overview of Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use – A Pan-Canadian Framework of Professional Standards for Veterinarians.” Its objective is to provide a template of professional standards to be used by the Canadian provincial and territorial veterinary regulatory bodies when developing their own regulations, guidelines, or bylaws related to veterinary oversight of the use of antimicrobials.

The meeting was co-chaired by representatives from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Ministry Agriculture and Fisheries of Prince Edward Island and the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Health with participation from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada ( including the Veterinary Drugs Directorate), and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, among others.

CVMA has been invited to participate in the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Antimicrobial Resistance Steering Committee Task Group on Stewardship that will report to the FPT AMR Steering Committee.