About the CVR

The Canadian Veterinary Reserve (CVR) program launched in November 2006 as a program of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) in a joint partnership with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

The program was established in response to a number of concerning animal disease events including:

  • A 2004 outbreak of Avian Influenza in British Columbia,
  • 2003’s outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Canada, and
  • the 2001 outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in the UK and Europe, demonstrated the need for Canada to be increasingly prepared for animal disease outbreaks affecting both animals and humans.

The CVR was established to assist federal, provincial, and territorial governments in responding to large-scale emergencies in Canada affecting large numbers of animals.