OVMA Response to CVO Consultations on Legislative Reform
The College of Veterinarians of Ontario has released several proposals as part of its legislative reform process regarding the Veterinarians Act. After reviewing these proposals, the OVMA Board of Directors has provided feedback to the College. The proposals and responses are listed below:
CVO Proposal: Accreditation Model
CVO Proposal: Interim Suspensions
CVO Proposal: Notice of Hearings
CVO Proposal: Mandatory Reporting of Dismissal or Resignation Related to Incompetence or Incapacity of a Member
CVO Proposal: Single Complaints Screening Process
CVO Proposal: Mandatory Quality Assurance
CVO Proposal: Public Register
OVMA Responses to CVO and Public Consultations
OVMA provides input into consultations issued by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario on an ongoing basis. This process involves analysis of the issue, consultation with the committees involved followed by consultation with the OVMA Board of Directors and the OVMA President. Below are some of the most recent responses to CVO consultations.
CVO draft Professional Practice Standard on the Veterinary-Client-Patient-Relationship
CVO draft Professional Practice Standard on Prescribing
CVO Practice Standard on Dispensing
CVO draft Code of Ethics
OVMA Letter Regarding Companion Animal Mobiles
CVO draft Professional Practice Standard on Telemedicine
CVO draft Professional Practice Standard on Delegation
CVO draft report Ontario Veterinary Stewardship of Antibiotic Use in Food-Producing Animals
Lyme Disease Update
In 2014, we reached out to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to encourage the provincial government to get more involved in Lyme disease prevention. This included advocating for a Lyme disease strategy that would include consultations with human and animal health experts with an aim to prevent, recognize, diagnose and treat Lyme disease in humans.
This past summer, the Ministry of Health contacted OVMA with an invitation to establish the Ministry’s Lyme disease Stakeholder Reference Group. Attendees included the Minister of Health and representatives from a wide array of stakeholders, including public health officials, the Ontario Medical Association, hunters, trail users, veterinary technicians, and groups representing Lyme patients.
The group committed to working together to advance Lyme prevention, diagnosis and treatment. In addition, there was an acknowledgement from the Minister that the human health sector has much work to do to better understand Lyme disease in humans. In addition, there was recognition of the need for more research and diagnostic tools in human health. OVMA will continue to work with stakeholders to advance Lyme disease prevention and treatment.
OVMA Works with Municipalities to Improve Local Bylaws
An OVMA member approached us about his concerns that a proposed local bylaw in the Town of Georgina to regulate kennels, duplicated some CVO regulations and did not properly serve the animals the legislation aimed to protect.
We investigated the matter and worked with the municipality to improve the bylaw to ensure there were no redundant regulations. The final bylaw included improvements that will better ensure oversight where it's needed, which will result in improved animal welfare.
The City of Mississauga also contacted us seeking expertise on animal welfare issues as the City embarked on redeveloping its bylaws that regulate standards for outdoor pets. We were asked help City Council as it considered its proposed amendments. We connected the City with a local member who has a background in animal welfare, who presented to City Council on several occasions to help them agree to a fair and balanced bylaw.
Ontario Animal Health Network
The Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN) is a program funded by the federal and provincial government, and administered by the Animal Health Lab (AHL). Its long-term goal is to establish a province-wide disease surveillance program that will be integrated into daily veterinary medicine.
OAHN Network is pleased to release the first companion animal quarterly disease report, and wildlife disease report. The report contains important information about the recent canine respiratory outbreaks, and an emerging zoonotic disease to southern Ontario, echinococcus multilocularis.
Reports can be accessed via the OAHN website in the veterinarian only log in area (sign up in one easy step here).
Those wishing to receive regular reports to their inbox should email firstname.lastname@example.org.