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Infographic: How Canada's veterinary services measure up in the world

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) asked the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH; founded as Office International des Épizooties (OIE)) to evaluate Canada's veterinary services against international standards, in order to further strengthen veterinary services across the country.

Canada is recognized as a top-performing country for its veterinary services and a leading example in meeting international standards, according to a comprehensive evaluation by the WOAH.

Site visits

4 independent WOAH-certified evaluators conducted site visits in 8 provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

How did we do

Out of 45 criteria that were assessed by the WOAH, Canada scored:

  • 78% received a rating of 5 out of 5
  • 11% received a rating of 4 out of 5
  • 11% received a rating of 3 out of 5

Partners involved

The evaluation involved federal, provincial and territorial governments and representatives from the private veterinary sector, academia and veterinary regulators.

What was assessed

WOAH evaluated Canada's veterinary resources, technical authority and capacity, interaction with interested parties and access to markets.

What makes Canadian veterinary services great

We have excellent:

  • Staffing and management
  • Resources and funding
  • Laboratory diagnostics and research
  • Risk analysis
  • Border control
  • Disease surveillance and control
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Collaboration with stakeholders within Canada and abroad

Quote from Dr. Jaspinder Komal

"We are pleased with the excellent results from the evaluation and plan to take up the recommendations to further strengthen veterinary services across the country"

Dr. Jaspinder Komal, Canada's Chief Veterinary Officer and WOAH Delegate

What's next

The CFIA continues to lead on other initiatives to improve animal health, veterinary public health and animal welfare in Canada.

More information

Find the full Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) Evaluation Report on the WOAH's website.