CVMA | Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use in Animals in Canada

Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use in Animals in Canada

Veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use is strengthened in Canada as part of the fight against antimicrobial resistance. 

As of December 1, 2018, all Medically Important Antimicrobials (MIAs) for veterinary use are sold by prescription only. 

View how Health Canada
strengthened Canada’s
framework for veterinary
Questions about the regulatory and policy changes? Visit the Health Canada websiteContact them at Questions on the management of the inventory of medically important antimicrobials during the transition to December 1, 2018? Find it here.

Veterinary Oversight of Antimicrobial Use – A Pan-Canadian Framework for Professional Standards for Veterinarians

The Canadian Council of Veterinary Registrars and the CVMA’s Veterinary Pharmaceutical Stewardship Advisory Group developed a pan-Canadian framework of professional standards for veterinarians regarding veterinary oversight of antimicrobial use. It is available for download here.


11-26-2020Introducing SAVI: The Stewardship of Antimicrobials by Veterinarians Initiative
11-19-2020Post-Market Re-evaluation of Medically Important Antimicrobials for Veterinary Use