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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.

Dr. Alice Crook from P.E.I. honoured with prestigious International Animal Welfare Award

Congratulations to Dr. Alice Crook, the coordinator of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre at the Atlantic Veterinary College in P.E.I., for being one of five recipients of the International Animal Welfare Award from the World Veterinary Association in conjunction with CEVA. This prestigious award recognizes Dr. Crook’s work over the past 25 years to promote animal welfare through research, service and education.

Encouraging Indigenous youth: Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program shares the science of caring for animals at UCalgary

Recently, First Nations, Métis and Inuit high school students connected with university scientists at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM), to take part in the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program. This scholarship program, now in its 10th year, gives students a week-long hands-on learning experience on university campuses. 

Quebec veterinarian strikes a partnership with two "dragons" on Radio-Canada's Dans l'œil du dragon (the French-language equivalent of Dragon's Den)

If you haven't yet heard about Euthabag®, chances are you will very soon – especially now that Dr. Céline Leheurteux, the veterinarian behind the first line of body bags designed specifically for companion animals, has had the opportunity to present her creation on Radio-Canada's Dans l'œil du dragon (the French-language equivalent of Dragon's Den). Dr. Leheurteux's passionate presentation struck an emotional chord with the "dragons," bringing one of them to tears, and securing a partnership with two of the other investors.

Ottawa surgical oncologist Dr. Julius Liptak performs pioneering procedure to save tumour-stricken family dog

A truly international effort, the procedure, described as a "world first," was carried out at Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Ottawa by surgical oncologist Dr. Julius Liptak, using a custom titanium maxillofacial implant designed by Voxelmed, based in Germany, and manufactured at the Additive Design in Surgical Solutions (ADEISS) centre in London, Ontario.