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.


08-13-2019Revised WVA List of Guidelines for Responsible Use of Antimicrobials in Animal Health
08-09-2019Antimicrobial Stewardship: Introduction to CMIB for the Veterinary Professional
04-23-2019Required Items Checklist – Veterinary Feed Prescription
04-23-2019Veterinary Prescription for Medicated Feed – SWINE
04-23-2019Veterinary Prescription for Medicated Feed – RUMINANT
04-23-2019Veterinary Prescription for Medicated Feed – POULTRY
04-23-2019Veterinary Prescription for Medicated Feed – AQUACULTURE
03-25-2019Best Practices for Submitting Drug Establishment Licence (DEL) Applications
01-25-2019Presentation: Antimicrobial Stewardship: Introduction to the CMIB
01-16-2019Online Data Collection Tool Facilitates Veterinary Antimicrobial Sales Reporting
01-15-2019New Publication for the Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance
12-19-2018News Release: Animal Nutrition Association of Canada publishes first listing of commercial feed mills in Canada
11-30-2018CVMA Guidelines for Veterinary Antimicrobial Use Online Platform
11-08-2018Timelines: Health Canada is strengthening Canada’s regulatory framework for veterinary antimicrobials
11-02-2018December 1, 2018 Antimicrobial Policy Change Frequently Asked Questions (Animal Nutrition Association of Canada)
10-31-2018Flow Chart & FAQs: Sales and Dispensing Pr DIN drug premixes and Pr medicated feed (Animal Nutrition Association of Canada)
10-22-2018Fact Sheet: Selling Prescription Medicated Feed (Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency)