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Can Vet J. 2010 July; 51(7): 681–682.
PMCID: PMC2885109

A year of collaboration in review

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This past year has been an eye-opening experience for me as president. It has made me realize how dedicated and connected the veterinary profession is and just how well-positioned the CVMA is in collaborating with all of the veterinary organizations both in Canada and around the world. The following are some of the CVMA’s collaborative highlights of the past year:

  1. The CVMA has recognized the value of its close association with the Canadian Association of Animal Health Technologists and now houses their administration services at the office at 339 Booth Street in Ottawa, Ontario. This is a win-win situation for both associations and we look forward to strengthening this tie.
  2. The CVMA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have a long-standing tradition of working toward common goals. Both organizations have worked hard to establish the Canadian Veterinary Reserve (CVR), the national emergency network established to combat a foreign animal disease outbreak. This past January was a proud moment for the CVR, when 40 French-speaking trained reservists expressed their willingness to be deployed to Haiti within 18 hours of being asked. Even though they did not go, it was a good opportunity to test the system.
    The CFIA has also contracted members of the CVMA to review horse slaughter in this country. This document will be published in the near future.
  3. This past year, the CVMA offered its vaccination skills to Dr. David Butler-Jones of the Public Health Agency of Canada, in the mass delivery of the H1N1 vaccine to the Canadian public if needed. The offer was well-received by the PHAC, which recognizes the role of veterinarians in public health.
  4. The CVMA has been hosting an annual registrars meeting for several years. This is a valuable opportunity for the registrars of all provinces to meet and discuss matters that affect them on a national basis. These meetings were particularly useful in discussing the France-Quebec labor mobility situation for veterinarians and veterinary technicians’ labor mobility within Canada.
  5. We have wonderful neighbors to the south in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The CVMA has many collaborative efforts with the AVMA from veterinary education to reserve training to disaster relief efforts. Our continued communication and collaboration with this organization is hugely beneficial.
  6. The CVMA is involved with, and has representation on, many international veterinary organizations such as the World Veterinary Association, the Commonwealth Veterinary Association and the International Veterinary Officers Committee. The global veterinary community reaches out to Canadian veterinarians and we do not shirk our responsibilities.
  7. Moving a little closer to home, the CVMA recently had occasion to collaborate with the Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Canadian Animal Health Institute to oppose the cross-border purchasing of prescription drugs.
  8. Regular meetings between the CVMA and the Veterinary Drug Directorate of Health Canada are most useful for dealing with drug approval concerns that may arise. The publication of Prudent Use Guidelines for Beef and Dairy Cattle, Poultry and Swine has proven that veterinarians take their prescription-writing privileges seriously.
  9. Our annual convention is more than just an opportunity for continuing education; it is the only multi-species national convention held annually in Canada and is a perfect opportunity to network with other Canadian veterinarians. The provincial presidents and registrars have the opportunity to meet, as well as the deans from the 5 veterinary colleges. This year the CVMA is delighted to co-host the convention with the Alberta Association of Animal Health Technologists.

It is clear that the CVMA is perfectly poised to bring together all of the interests of the veterinary profession. This is due to the dedication, expertise and experience of our many volunteers, and, of course, our executive director and staff at the CVMA office.

This past year as CVMA president has been the best year of my professional career. Thank you for all of your kind words and dedicated support to this wonderful profession.


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