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College seeking feedback on draft report looking at antibiotic use in food-producing animals

July 27, 2015

Guelph – The College of Veterinarians of Ontario (College) is seeking input on its draft report discussing veterinary stewardship of antibiotic use in food-producing animals.

The report and recommendations were prepared as part of a project which captures the views of Ontario veterinarians regarding the best practices and recommendations related to the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. The College received funding through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, to support the project.

“The College is pleased to provide an opportunity for Ontario veterinarians to demonstrate leadership and promote education on this compelling topic. Antimicrobial resistance is a very real public health concern in Ontario and around the world. With Ontario veterinarians on the frontline of antibiotic use in food-producing animals, the College’s research and report will make an important contribution to this significant animal and public health concern,” said Jan Robinson, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer at the College.

Antimicrobial pharmaceutical products form an essential component of health care. The development of antimicrobial resistance is a health concern in veterinary and human health care.

The College’s research project includes a review of existing literature, a survey of Ontario’s veterinarians who work with food-producing animals, and facilitated discussion groups with veterinarians. The recommendations centre around quality assurance; legislation and regulation; research and surveillance and also education and liaison.

“Veterinarians have been enthusiastic, thoughtful and informative in contributing to the research and recommendations of this project.  With the report drafted, the College is keen to gather further input from the general public,” said Robinson.

The public is encouraged to read the draft report and offer feedback online through the College’s consultation tool. The consultation will be open until August 19, 2015

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario exists to protect and serve 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 2,100 facilities in Ontario.