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Notice to industry: WOAH releases PVS report on its evaluation of Canada's veterinary services

Ottawa, August 2, 2018

The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH; founded as Office International des Épizooties (OIE)), the global standard-setting body for animal health and welfare, conducted an evaluation of Canada's veterinary services and recently published their report on their website. The WOAH has found Canada to be a top performing country and a leading example for meeting international veterinary service standards.

Veterinary services include government and non-government organizations that deliver animal health and welfare measures. The evaluation, conducted at Canada's request, was coordinated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and involved federal and provincial governments and representatives from the veterinary sector.

The evaluation was conducted from March 13 to 31, 2017 and included more than 55 site visits in eight provinces, interviews, discussions and a significant amount of documentation.

The WOAH assessed Canada's performance of veterinary services by evaluating 45 critical veterinary competencies. The assessment, which evaluated Canada against the WOAH's international standards, concluded that Canada met the highest level in 35 of these areas with a rating of 5 out of 5, which indicates high capacity and capability, and full compliance with international standards. The remainder were rated 3 or 4, many in areas where regulatory changes are already in progress.

By outlining Canada's strengths, and identifying areas for improvement, the report helps create a shared vision of how public and private-sector partners can work together to improve veterinary services across the country at the national, provincial and territorial levels.

The full PVS evaluation report on Canada's veterinary services is available on the WOAH's website.

For more information about CFIA's involvement, refer to the Canada Chief Veterinary Officer's (CVO's) Statement.

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