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CVMA Highlights the Importance of Antimicrobial Stewardship during World Antibiotic Awareness Week

November 13, 2015

During the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week from November 16 to 22, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) wishes to remind veterinarians across Canada and around the world that antimicrobial stewardship remains a top priority issue for the national association. 

“CVMA along with the veterinary community recognizes that the continued use of antimicrobials in veterinary medicine is dependent upon the profession's ability to use antimicrobial products judiciously,” says CVMA President, Dr. Nicole Gallant. “There needs to be a balance between maximizing animal health and welfare, while preserving antimicrobial efficacy and protecting public health.”

In April 2015, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced that Health Canada’s Veterinary Drugs Directorate will introduce new federal regulations that will require veterinary oversight of the use of antimicrobials administered to food animals including those administered in feed or water by the end of 2016.

CVMA and the Canadian Council of Veterinary Registrars (CCVR) recognizes the pivotal role of the provincial and territorial veterinary regulatory organizations in the implementation of increased veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use. Together, they are working to develop a pan-Canadian framework of professional standards for veterinarians that will give a clear understanding of what will be required to implement the upcoming changes to federal regulations.

The following highlights what CVMA has done to date to advocate for change and encourage the prudent use of antimicrobials in animals: