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CVMA Creates Document to Assist in Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Treatment of Agricultural Bee Populations

June 7, 2018

It is necessary that Canadian veterinarians become familiar with apiculture and the specific treatment requirements of bees. This is essential in order to develop legitimate Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationships (VCPR), establish evidence-based medical need and subsequently prescribe and dispense antimicrobial treatment for patients presented by this industry.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinary Pharmaceutical Stewardship Advisory Group, in conjunction with the Canadian Council of Veterinary Registrars, developed a document to assist provincial/territorial veterinary statutory bodies in Canada to develop a common set of guidelines guiding the behaviour of registered veterinarians when working with bee keepers and honey producers and prescribing treatment for bees.

This is necessary to ensure legitimate veterinary oversight in the interest of protection of the public. At the same time, it is hoped to facilitate engagement of veterinary professionals with the apiculture industry and support sustainability of this industry.

  • Download the Sub Section: Providing Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Treatment of Agricultural Bee Populations here.
  • Download your copy of the Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use – A Pan-Canadian Framework for Professional Standards for Veterinarians here.
  • Read the article, "Treating Honey Bees and Pollinators: What Veterinary Medical Professionals Need to Know," published in the May 2018 issue of The Canadian Veterinary Journal here.