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College of Veterinarians of Ontario moves into second phase of antimicrobial project

May 13, 2016

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario is pleased to launch the second phase of its project to study the use of antimicrobial pharmaceuticals among food animal veterinarians.

"Our initial project was successful in engaging the veterinary profession in a discussion on antimicrobial resistance," said Dr. Larry Caven, President of the College. "This second project enables the College to continue to work with veterinarians and producers to review the initial findings and establish a consensus on the opportunities for lasting and meaningful changes in practice."

The College's proposed project, "Setting an Action Agenda for Veterinary Stewardship of Antimicrobials in Ontario," was approved for funding assistance through Growing Forward 2. Through the current project, the College will review the suggested actions and identify the initiatives that can be undertaken effectively by veterinarians.

"Many of the suggested actions from the initial study were beyond the control of veterinarians, such as those requiring changes to federal regulation. This project enables us to identify those actions that fall within the practice of veterinary medicine," said Caven.

"Throughout the previous project, Ontario's veterinarians demonstrated enthusiastic willingness to help ensure antibiotic use in food-producing animals is prudent and sustainable," said Caven. "We look forward to working with the profession and producers to define the priorities for action."

With increasing resistance to antimicrobials, it is imperative to develop a plan for sustainable change in use in animals and humans. The College continues to support Ontario veterinarians as leaders in the concept of One Health, which recognizes the health of people, animals and the ecosystem are all interconnected.

"The College is proud to lead this project and looks forward to sharing the results with the veterinary profession, producers and government to ensure the public interest remains at the forefront of prescribing practices," said Jan Robinson, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer at the College.

The College protects and serves the public interest through the regulation of the practice of veterinary medicine. Accordingly, veterinarians are licensed, facilities are accredited, standards and policies are developed and maintained, and an investigations and resolutions process is available. The College licenses approximately 4,500 veterinarians and accredits over 2,300 facilities in Ontario.