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Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada

The Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) of Canada leads efforts to ensure that Canada's animal health community and veterinary infrastructure have the capacity and competency to effectively respond to foreign, emerging and future animal and zoonotic diseases.

The CVO role highlights the importance of veterinary science to good public policy given the social, political, animal health, public health and economic consequences associated with serious animal diseases.

At the national level, the CVO provides:

The CVO regularly provides strategic and scientific advice to the federal Minister of Agriculture, the CFIA President, and Agency senior management on issues such as:

Dr. Mary-Jane Ireland is the Chief Veterinary Officer for Canada.

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