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COVID-19 Information – UPDATES

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

COVID-19 Information

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. The CDC has questions and answers posted online as well: It

New Wellness Resource

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 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

2020 CVMA Emerging Leaders Program

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

SVMA Licensing Course has changed

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

Changes to pet dog exports to US don’t change Cdn import regs

Advisory from CFIA: Please be advised that the United States (US) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have changed their dog importation policy. For pet dogs (not imported for resale or adoption), rabies vaccination is now only required from countries considered high risk for importing dog rabies into the US. Canada is not considered as such and as a result, a valid rabies certificate is no longer a requirement for pet dogs exported from Canada to the US. Additional requirements, such as rabies vaccination, still apply to commercial dogs and dogs exported for adoption. While the US requirements have

New Animal Depopulation Guidelines from AVMA

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has released Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals, a set of procedures and direction designed to help veterinarians make humane decisions in critical situations. “Humanely ending the lives of animals is one of the most difficult, but necessary, tasks for veterinarians to oversee,” says chair of the AVMA panel on depopulation, Steven Leary, DVM, DACLAM. “During times of crisis or major catastrophe, depopulation of affected animals may sometimes be the most ethical and compassionate action.” According to AVMA, depopulation balances the need to respond swiftly and avoid further devastation with the most humane method

October is National Vet Tech Month

Ottawa, ON –The Registered Veterinary Technologists andTechnicians of Canada (RVTTC)is celebrating national RVT Month inOctoberby encouraging registered veterinary technicians and technologists (RVTs) to“Carve your own path –break the mold.”

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