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Changes to pet dog exports to US don’t change Cdn import regs

Advisory from CFIA: Please be advised that the United States (US) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have changed their dog importation policy. For pet dogs (not imported for resale or adoption), rabies vaccination is now only required from countries considered high risk for importing dog rabies into the US. Canada is not considered as such and as a result, a valid rabies certificate is no longer a requirement for pet dogs exported from Canada to the US. Additional requirements, such as rabies vaccination, still apply to commercial dogs and dogs exported for adoption. While the US requirements have

New Animal Depopulation Guidelines from AVMA

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has released Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals, a set of procedures and direction designed to help veterinarians make humane decisions in critical situations. “Humanely ending the lives of animals is one of the most difficult, but necessary, tasks for veterinarians to oversee,” says chair of the AVMA panel on depopulation, Steven Leary, DVM, DACLAM. “During times of crisis or major catastrophe, depopulation of affected animals may sometimes be the most ethical and compassionate action.” According to AVMA, depopulation balances the need to respond swiftly and avoid further devastation with the most humane method

October is National Vet Tech Month

Ottawa, ON –The Registered Veterinary Technologists andTechnicians of Canada (RVTTC)is celebrating national RVT Month inOctoberby encouraging registered veterinary technicians and technologists (RVTs) to“Carve your own path –break the mold.”

First renewal of GHP exceeds expectations

Subscribers of SVMA’s Group Health Insurance and Benefits Plan are in for a pleasant surprise! Every group benefits plan is reviewed annually by the insurance provider and new rates are set for the coming year. For small groups, they usually go up a bit … or a lot. For large groups like SVMA’s GHP, increases upon renewal will always be lower than for small groups. The amount of increase is determined by a combination of inflation, age increases, claims history and a thing called ‘trend’. ‘Trend’ refers to increases within a health service industry that reflect their own rising costs.

CVMA revises position statement on declawing

OTTAWA, Ont. – The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) has revised its previous position statement from 2011 on the onychectomy (declaw) of domestic felids to clearly oppose the procedure. The CVMA changed the position statement’s title to Domestic Felid Partial Digital Amputation (Onychectomy or Declawing) to better reflect the nature of the procedure, and explicitly states that it “opposes elective and non-therapeutic Partial Digital Amputation (PDA), commonly known as declawing or onychectomy, of domestic cats.” “The CVMA felt a strong need to address this issue as it is very important to veterinarians and Canadians as a whole,” says Dr. Troy

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