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Updated Position Statements - Thermocautery for Lameness in Horses, Induced Moulting of Poultry, and Tail Docking of Dairy Cattle

October 12, 2016

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has updated the following three position statements:

  • Use of Thermocautery for the Treatment of Lameness in Horses states: “The CVMA is opposed to the painful and ineffective treatment of lameness using thermocautery (“pin firing” or “firing”) in horses, as the practice is ineffective and is inconsistent with evidence-based medicine. 
  • Induced Moulting of Poultry: “The CVMA is opposed to moult induction by methods involving deprivation of food and/or water.”
  • Tail Docking of Dairy Cattle: “The CVMA is opposed to the docking of the tails of dairy cattle. Tail docking does not contribute to the improved health and welfare of the cow. The CVMA is opposed to moult induction by methods involving deprivation of food and/or water.”

View all CVMA position statements here.