This is just a friendly reminder to all of our valued clients and producers that starting on December 1st, all livestock producers in Canada will need a prescription from a licenced veterinarian, before they can buy a medically important antibiotic (MIA) for therapeutic use in livestock production.
Medically important antimicrobials are essential for the treatment of serious and life-threatening infections. This change is a result of regulatory and policy changes made by Health Canada to promote the responsible use of antimicrobials in animals and prevent the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance.
Having an established Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) will be an important part of a smooth transition.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) defines a legitimate VCPR as supported by evidence of “relevant and timely interactions with clients and their animals such as farm visits, clinic appointments, consultations, individual animal or herd examinations, lab reports or production record reviews, sufficient to show the veterinarian has taken the steps necessary to establish medical need to prescribe and dispense pharmaceuticals”. Basically, a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship exists when your veterinarian knows the livestock operation well enough to be able to diagnose and treat any medical conditions animals develop.
For example, a producer that has established a valid VCPR will be able to obtain a prescription for a given amount of product for perhaps a full year (depending on the circumstance) enabling them to buy it as needed and for use according to advice of the veterinarian.
For more information about changes to federal policy and the regulations related to antimicrobial use and resistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 204–275–2038 to speak with one of our large animal veterinarians or please access the following :