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NEWS RELEASE - Vaccines Save Lives: CVMA Brings Awareness to the Importance of Vaccinations during Animal Health Week

September 27, 2018

OTTAWA, Ont. – The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) celebrates Animal Health Week from September 30 to October 6, 2018 by drawing attention to the importance of protecting animal health through vaccinations.

This year’s Animal Health Week theme, Vaccines Save Lives!, provides an opportunity to remind animal owners and caretakers about one of the most important components of animal health – disease prevention.

“Many factors including the migration and expansion of parasite populations, the importation of domestic and farm animals from other countries, and the mutation and increased resistance of disease-causing bacteria have caused great concern in recent years for animal owners and veterinarians alike,” says Dr. Terri Chotowetz, CVMA President. “Fortunately, at the same time, we have never been in a better position to protect the health and lives of the animals in our care because of the advances in animal health care and vaccinations.”

The CVMA is reminding animal owners about these Five Reasons to Vaccinate:

  • Vaccinations are safe and effective – they prevent many animal illnesses.
  • Vaccinations protect everyone – they prevent diseases that can be passed not only from animal to animal, but also from animal to human.
  • Vaccinations are an important part of annual health exams.
  • Vaccinations are tailored to each animal based on its breed, age, overall health, and disease exposure risk.
  • Vaccinations can help avoid costly treatments for diseases that can be prevented.

“Vaccines are safe, effective, and protect animals against disease. Vaccines truly do save lives,” says Dr. Chotowetz.

Over 200 veterinary practices across Canada are celebrating Animal Health Week this year through various events and engaging their clientele through educational resources.

The CVMA celebrates Animal Health Week in partnership with the Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada. Animal Health Week is generously sponsored by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance, Merck Animal Health, and iFinance Petcard.

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The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association is the national and international voice for Canada’s veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine. Animal Health Week is a national public awareness campaign organized by the CVMA and hosted by veterinarians across Canada. Each year, during the first week of October, veterinarians and veterinary hospitals and clinics across Canada promote animal health and responsible animal ownership as part the of Animal Health Week celebrations. Visit to learn more about CVMA.

Lori Tarbett
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
613-236-1162 ext. 125