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CVMA Participates in Second Stakeholder Meeting to Discuss Antimicrobial Resistance

February 22, 2016

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) participated in a second federal stakeholder meeting on February 4, 2016 to further discuss antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the need to deal with it on a national and international level, as well as in collaboration with provinces, territories and stakeholders. The first AMR stakeholder meeting took place in March 2015.

Facilitated by the Public Health Agency of Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, stakeholders included: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Infection Prevention and Control Canada, Canadian Dental Association, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Pork Council, and the Chicken Farmers of Canada. Observers from Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Veterinary Drugs Directorate attended.

Participants agreed that collaboration is key to finding a solution to AMR and that enhanced education and communication is needed to raise awareness among their respective members to help improve day to day decision-making regarding the use of antimicrobials. All professions and producer groups in attendance agreed that antimicrobials are critical tools to protect human and animal health and their effectiveness must be protected.

CVMA has been active over the past several decades on the AMR issue and continues to develop new initiatives to support antimicrobial stewardship.

Currently, the Canadian Council of Veterinary Registrars (CCVR) and the CVMA’s Veterinary Pharmaceutical Stewardship Advisory Group are working together to develop a Pan-Canadian Framework of professional standards for veterinarians with respect to veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use. This Framework will be presented at a broad stakeholder consultation and discussion to take place at the CVMA Summit on July 7, 2016, during the CVMA Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Each month during 2016, CVMA in partnership with the CCVR will provide information to Canadian veterinarians to help increase awareness of key issues and new developments as the federal regulations are finalized and implemented. Find out more