Veterinarians will have a larger role in the cervid industry


Accredited veterinarians will soon have a larger role to play in the cervid industry by being a resource to cervid producers who wish to enroll in the CWD Voluntary Herd Certification Program.

June 30, 2017 – Ottawa, ON - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is updating its national chronic wasting disease (CWD) program to better focus on disease prevention and risk management. As of December 31, 2017, the CFIA's response and compensation will only be provided to producers enrolled in a Voluntary Herd Certification Program (VHCP). A transition period is being provided throughout 2018 to give producers time to enroll in and complete 12 months in a VHCP. A VHCP requires enrolled producers to take measures to mitigate the risk of CWD, including ongoing surveillance testing of mature dead cervids and implementation of biosecurity measures. More information about VHCPs is available in the Accredited Veterinarian's Manual, chapter 13.

CWD VOLUNTARY HERD CERTIFICATION PROGRAM ACCREDITATION SESSION
Delta Regina Hotel
Friday Sept 8, 2017
4:30 – 5:15 pm

The CFIA is holding a CWD VHCP Accreditation session at the upcoming SVMA Conference.

Please note: the session will take place Friday Sept 8 at 4:30 pm.
(It is not on Sunday Sept 10 as mentioned in the most recent SVMA newsletter). 

Please see the SVMA Conference page for details.

Please contact Dr Alex McIsaac alex.mcisaac@inspection.gc.ca with any questions about the VHCP or the Accreditation session.