The Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA) is an organization which brings together the two main functions of regulator and advocate for the veterinary profession in Saskatchewan.
As the regulator of the veterinary profession in Saskatchewan, SVMA is dedicated to the protection of the public by ensuring the proficiency, competency and ethical behavior of its members in the practice of veterinary medicine.
We regulate our own profession through the licensing of veterinarians, registration of veterinary technologists, inspection of practices and disciplining of members as required.
As the advocate for the veterinary profession in Saskatchewan, the Association promotes veterinary professionals and veterinary medicine.
We support the physical, personal, financial and professional well-being of our members through continuing education, public outreach and education and member programs and services.
The following is a collection of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice and information, pertinent to veterinary professionals. Although much of this information has been gathered from other jurisdictions, many of the recommendations are applicable to veterinarians and registered veterinary technologists (RVTs) in Saskatchewan. Generally speaking, the SVMA supports every veterinarian and RVT in using their professional judgment when deciding to alter services to support public and animal health during this pandemic situation. SVMA E-News May 19, 2020 SVMA E-News May 12, 2020 COVID-19 Updates for SVMA Members – May 6, 2020 SVMA E-News May 5, 2020 SVMA Update May 4, 2020
Science suggests that wild animals are the originating source of the virus, although the specific animal source(s) has yet to be confirmed. There is no evidence to date that other animal species, including domestic livestock and pets, can be infected (by people or animals) with the virus, and then in turn also serve as a potential source of infection; however, this has not been ruled out either. Health Canada has developed some questions and answers around Covid-19, including the role of animals that you might find useful. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/frequently-asked-questions.html#a4 The CDC has questions and answers posted online as well: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#2019-nCoV-and-animals It
CommuniVET™ is thrilled to announce partnering with advocate for wellbeing in the veterinary profession, Marie Holowaychuk, DVM, Dipl. ACVECC, CYT to launch Thrive! − a new monthly feature on CommuniVET.com and associated newsletter to help empower members of the veterinary profession to take an active role in prioritizing their personal and professional wellbeing. Thrive News Release
Applications are being accepted for the 2020 Emerging Leaders Program. Two sponsored trips to Quebec City to attend this July 10 full-day event are available! CVMA Emerging Leaders Program Application Package
After much thought and reflection, it has been decided to make changes to the licensing seminar and exam. An overhaul of the licensing seminar presentations and exam question bank has occurred this year. The course now covers big picture information about being a self regulatory body, the range of legislation we must abide by, how the complaints process works, how practice inspection works and VCPR. This fall, at the November licensing seminar the presentations were video recorded. That brings us to the big news: we now have a 4-hour licensing course ONLINE, with four videos to watch and the exam