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A Visit from Billy: Equine-Assisted Therapy in Palliative Care

As part of a study on equine-assisted therapy, Billy, a sixteen-year-old Norwegian fjord horse visits palliative care patients at the PEI Provincial Palliative Care Centre. He calms them and helps them take their minds off their illness. Billy loves his time there too! Find out more about this study that takes both human and animal welfare to heart.

ANIMAL HEALTH WEEK – September 30 to October 6, 2018

Each year, through Animal Health Week, the veterinary community draws attention to an important health-related message.

The CVMA is proud to have celebrated Animal Health Week across the country for more than 30 years. From September 30 – October 6, 2018, CVMA will showcase the importance of vaccinations.

Québec's Centre vétérinaire Daubigny opens eastern Canada's first veterinary hemodialysis unit

The internal medicine department of Québec's Centre vétérinaire Daubigny recently took delivery of a continuous renal replacement therapy (CCRT) machine, becoming the first veterinary referral centre in eastern Canada to offer dialysis to animals suffering from acute renal failure or intoxication. The machine can also be used for plasmapheresis treatment.

Quebec veterinarian Dr. Julia East is on a mission to help families who can't afford medical care for their pet

Dr. Julia East, associate veterinarian at Hôpital vétérinaire du Boisé in Chicoutimi, Quebec, established a charitable foundation, Fondation Les Animaux du Boisé, to help subsidize medical procedures for pet owners who can't afford the full cost of treatment and might otherwise have to consider relinquishing or putting down their beloved pet. The foundation is also committed to raising public awareness about the costs and responsibilities associated with pet ownership.

Dr. Terri Chotowetz, appointed 70th President of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is proud to welcome Dr. Terri Chotowetz as its new president. Dr. Chotowetz brings to her new position a wealth of experience as a practitioner, former president of the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA) and member of various animal welfare boards and councils.

New handbook helps senior centres launch and/or expand animal programming

A study conducted in the fall of 2017 by the U.S. National Council on Aging (NCOA) and National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), in partnership with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), revealed that, while many senior centres allow animals in some way, fewer than one third of them had a pet policy in place. To help senior centres interested in developing or expanding their animal programming, these organizations have teamed up to produce a new pet-friendly handbook, "Older Adults and Animal Programming," which is now available for downloading.

CAHI celebrates 50 years of collaborative leadership in Canadian animal health

The 2018 annual meeting of the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) marked a milestone in this national association's history: the 50th anniversary of its creation – and CommuniVETTM was there! Despite their busy schedule, CAHI's chair, Daniel Beauchamp, vice-chair, Dr. Jair Garcia, president, Jean Szkotnicki, and program director, Colleen McElwain, graciously agreed to take part in exclusive video interviews for the benefit of our members. We thank them... and CAHI members for providing the tools farmers, veterinarians and pet owners need to keep animals healthy and ensure their welfare.

Launch of Canada's first centre of expertise on animal health and welfare

The Université de Montréal's Faculté de médecine vétérinaire recently launched the Centre d'expertise en santé et bien-être animal (CESA), Canada's first research and academic centre focused on bringing together key players dedicated to promoting sustainable animal health and welfare.

Royal Canin Canada was one of this year’s sponsors at the 2018 International Conference on Communication in Veterinary Medicine

We had the opportunity to catch up with Susie Elliott, Trade Marketing Manager for Royal Canin Canada’s Weight Loss Portfolio. Watch the 2-minute video in which she discusses Royal Canin’s commitment to ICCVM, the connection between food and communication, and how food plays an essential role in keeping pets happy and healthy.

New spring/summer issue of OVC Pet Trust's Best Friends magazine now available

From getting puppies off to a good start, to exploring how discoveries in veterinary healthcare can benefit all species (including ours!) and helping pet parents cope with the loss of their loyal companion (among other things), the most recent of issue of OVC Pet Trust's Best Friends magazine is a compelling read for anyone who cares for –and about – companion animals (in other words, you, your team and your clients). It's also a great way to find out more about OVC Pet Trust and the far-reaching benefits of the innovative research and projects it supports.