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One Voice Presentation and Hot Topic Discussion

The One Voice presentation and Hot Topic discussion is hosted annually at each college and organized by the SCVMA Sr. Representative.  

Typically held as a 'lunch and learn', however due to COVID19 are being held virtually, students can attend to learn about the various CVMA initiatives and participate in a 'Hot Topic' discussion on subject matter the SCVMA Committee agrees is one of importance.   

Below is the list of 2020 lunch and learns:

Atlantic Veterinary College

Title: The Chinook Project: Veterinary Care for Remote Northern Canadian Communities
Speaker: Dr. Cora Gilroy

Most educational experiences occur in settings like those where students will be employed following graduation. A few opportunities to experience “place-rich” settings are available for veterinary students at the University of Prince Edward Island, one of which is The Chinook Project. The Chinook Project has provided free veterinary clinics in remote northern Canadian communities for 14 years. These experiences, which can be culturally, economically and socially different in substantive ways, will be discussed along with a brief summary of a research project about the influence of community based learning on the students participating in The Chinook Project.

Faculté de médecine vétérinaire de l'Université de Montréal (FMV)

Title: Perspectives on the Access to Veterinary Services in Remote Indigenous Communities 

Speakers: Isabelle Picard, Médecin vétérinaire à la Direction de la santé animale du Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec; Francis Lévesque, Professeur à l'École d'études autochtones de l'Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Cécile Aenishaenslin, Professeure au Département de pathologie et microbiologie de la Faculté de médecine vétérinaire de l'Université de Montréal

Despite having a significant canine population, many indigenous communities are remote and underserved in terms of animal health services. In this year's One Voice Hot Topic Session, we aim to brainstorm on solutions to address this problem and to touch upon the importance of adapting one's perspective when working with indigenous people and their dogs. The talk will feature various perspectives on these issues, including leadership and accountability of our governments, anthropology of the human-dog relationship, a musher's testimony and how to conduct inclusive research centered around decolonization and the needs of the indigenous communities. 

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Ontario Veterinary College

Title: Veterinary Care in Indigenous Communities
Speakers: Dr. Shane Bateman & Dr. Darren Wood

Join Dr. Shane Bateman, a leader in the community outreach field as he discusses the history of animals in Indigenous communities and the role that veterinarians have in their wellbeing.  Access to veterinary care in these communities is important to combat issues such as dog overpopulation. However, first and foremost, it is necessary to have an ethical, equitable and effective approach.

University of Calgary - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM)

Title: Honouring Context: Veterinary needs and care in Indigenous Communities 
Speakers: Amanda Niptanatiak-Dumond; Dr. Susan Kutz, DVM, PhD., Faculty UCVM
Sponsored by VetPrep

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Title: Veterinary Care in Northern Saskatchewan: Respecting and Serving Indigenous Communities 
Speaker: Dr. Woodsworth

Dr. Woodsworth will discuss her experience with the La Ronge remote clinic, and how we can adapt our perspectives to better serve Indigenous communities.