Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use in Animals in Canada


Veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use is being strengthened in Canada as part of the fight against antimicrobial resistance. This means important changes for you as a practitioner and for the veterinary profession.

New federal regulations will require veterinary oversight of the use of antimicrobials administered to food animals, including those administered in feed or water. The target date for having new regulations in place is the end of 2017.

The information in this section is offered to help veterinarians in Canada understand how their role will change.

Throughout 2016, CVMA in partnership with the Canadian Council of Veterinary Registrars (CCVR), provided key relevant information to help increase awareness of key issues and new developments as the new regulations are finalized and implemented. This will continue in 2017.

After broad stakeholder consultation and discussion, the CCVR and the CVMA’s Veterinary Pharmaceutical Stewardship Advisory Group (VPSAG) developed a pan-Canadian framework of professional standards for veterinarians regarding veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use. It is available for download here.


05-24-2017CVMA Welcomes Health Canada’s New Regulations to Reduce Risk of Antimicrobial Resistance to Canadians
05-09-2017CVMA Begins Process to Update Guidelines for the Prudent Use of Veterinary Antimicrobial Medications
02-28-2017NEWS RELEASE: Veterinary Community and Partners Hold Workshop to Identify Requirements for National Surveillance of Antimicrobial Use
02-02-2017NEWS RELEASE: Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Receives Funding to Lay Foundation for National Surveillance of AMU
01-18-2017NEWS RELEASE: Canadian Veterinarians Work to Harmonize Oversight of Antimicrobial Use to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
01-13-2017Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use – A Pan-Canadian Framework for Professional Standards for Veterinarians (PDF)
12-15-2016President's Message: Embracing the New Reality of Antimicrobial Stewardship
11-24-2016Continuing Education is Key to Effective Antimicrobial Stewardship
10-27-2016Effective Surveillance of Antimicrobial Use: A Necessity in the Fight Against AMR
09-28-2016Canadian Vet Article: CVMA's "Antimicrobials in Animal Health - the New Reality" Summit
09-22-2016Will Stronger Stewardship Practices Mean Changes to Compounding Guidelines?
08-25-2016A New Reality will Impact Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Own-Use-Importation
07-28-2016Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance in Veterinary and Human Medicine - A Collaborative Effort
06-23-2016Use of Categorization of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Human Medicine
05-26-2016Prescribing and Dispensing – A Professional Responsibility
04-28-2016The Importance of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship
03-24-2016The Roadmap Forward: A Pan-Canadian Response to Address Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use
02-25-2016Role of the Veterinarian in the Oversight of Antimicrobial Use
01-28-2016The Bigger Picture
09-01-2014President’s Message: The CVMA and Prudent Use of Antimicrobials