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World Veterinary Day Takes Place on April 29, 2017 - Antimicrobial Resistance - From Awareness to Action

April 12, 2017

At the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), we are shifting from awareness to action following the development of the document Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use — A Pan Canadian Framework for Professional Standards for Veterinarians. The Framework is a template of professional standards for provincial and territorial veterinary regulatory bodies to use when developing their own regulations, guidelines, or bylaws relating to veterinarians’ professional responsibilities in providing oversight of veterinary antimicrobial use. It is intended to support the development of consistent regulations across the country. The Framework can be downloaded from the CVMA website, under the Policy & Advocacy tab.

The CMVA is facilitating the foundational work for building national surveillance of antimicrobial use (AMU) in animals by the veterinary community. Funded under the Canadian government’s Federal Assistance Program, a workshop gathered key partners in animal and human health in Ottawa, Ontario on February 28 and March 1, 2017. The objective was to build a collective understanding of the existing state of AMU surveillance in the veterinary context, and to identify information gaps and requirements to design efficient and effective data/information gathering methods. The workshop was Phase 1 of what is expected to be a multi-year project.

In a separate project focused on enhancing stewardship, and with the support of Agriculture Canada’s Growing Forward 2, the CVMA has commenced the renewal of the CVMA Guidelines for the Prudent Use of Veterinary Antimicrobial Medications. This project will engage the veterinary community in identifying needs for, and the development of, new tools, guidelines and communication strategies to assist veterinarians in making informed decisions about the use of veterinary antimicrobial drugs.

The Framework and resulting new initiatives address the changing veterinary responsibilities that accompany the federal government implementation of increased veterinary oversight of antimicrobials slated for the end of 2017.

The CVMA’s work will help Canada’s commitment to establish and strengthen surveillance systems to identify new threats or changing patterns in antimicrobial resistance and use, in human and animal settings, as described in the Federal Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance and Use in Canada: Building on the Federal Framework for Action.