Sub Section: Providing Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Treatment of Agricultural Bee Populations
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.
This document is presented to assist provincial/territorial veterinary statutory bodies in Canada to develop a common set of guidelines guiding the behavior 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.