CVMA | One Voice Presentation and Hot Topic Discussion

One Voice Presentation and Hot Topic Discussion

The One Voice presentation provides students an overview of three CVMA strategic priorities including:

  1. Leadership on national veterinary issues
  2. Animal welfare advocacy and;
  3. Helping achieve a successful career and balanced life

It also includes a 'Hot Topic' discussion featuring experts discussing Northern Communities and their animals.

This year, all 'One Voice' presentations will be held virtually allowing students to attend the session of their choice.  

Atlantic Veterinary College

Date: October 2
Time: 12:30 pm (AT)
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.

Interested in attending?  Email Katie McQueen at

Ontario Veterinary College
Date: November 2
Time: 12:30 pm (EST)
Title: TBA
Speakers: Dr. Shane Bateman & Dr. Darren Wood
Interested in attending?  Email Peyton Tam at

Faculté de médecine vétérinaire (FMV)
Date: November 19
Time: 12:05 pm - 1:30 pm (EST)
Title: Perspectives on the Access to Veterinary Services in Remote Indigenous Communities 
Speakers: Isabelle PicardMédecin vétérinaire à la Direction de la santé animale du Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec; Francis LévesqueProfesseur à l'École d'études autochtones de l'Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Cécile AenishaenslinProfesseure 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. Tune in on November 19th to join this important conversation! | Important note: This conference takes place in the Province of Quebec and will be held entirely in French.

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