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Small Ruminant Veterinary Conference 2019

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Introduction

Small Ruminant Veterinarians of Ontario is a voluntary professional association of primarily Ontario veterinarians who take a leadership role in disseminating knowledge on effective and efficient diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases in small ruminants. This organization takes a stewardship role on behalf of ovine, caprine, cervid and camelid species.

Through continuing education opportunities, we will bring together our peers to share innovative ideas and contribute to the development of the profession by mentoring veterinary students. Our members will contribute to advancing the needs of both producers and livestock through regular communications and lobbying with pharmaceutical companies and legislative bodies.

As part of our mandate of providing continuing education opportunities, SRVO as well as the University of Guelph will be hosting the 2019 Ontario Small Ruminant Veterinary Conference – June 17-19, 2019 at the University of Guelph. The theme is “Keeping Small
Ruminants Healthy and Productive”
.  Everybody is welcome!

Changes to Access to Veterinary Drugs for Livestock Producers

Your clients may have questions about some of the changes to regulations regarding veterinary drugs.  Below are some links to help explain these changes:

November 13, 2017 – Ending to Own Use Importation (OUI) of veterinary drugs including Medically Important Antimicrobial (MIAs).  Exceptions to this are in List B. More information is available at this Health Canada website

May 17, 2018 – Increasing oversight on use of MIAs in livestock.  New regulations were instituted with respect to use of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) in veterinary medicine and reporting of sales of antibiotics. More information is available on this Health Canada website.  The classification of antimicrobials with respect to importance in human health, is available at this Health Canada website

December 1, 2018 – All MIAs will be on the Prescription Drug List (PDL) and available by veterinary prescription only.  More information is available at this Health Canada website.  In order to prescribe or dispense a medically important antimicrobial, a veterinarian must be licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the province where the animal resides and have a valid Veterinary Client Patient Relationship (VCPR) with the client.

More in-depth information on what constitutes a VCPR in Ontario and exceptions is available at this College of Veterinarians of Ontario website