College Connection Winter 2018 - Page 3

college connection MEMBERS’ FORUM Things ya oughta know a CVO update Members’ Forum & Annual General Meeting January 30, 2019, 5 p.m. Westin Habour Castle, Toronto For details and registration: MEMBERS FORUM: CVO PRESENTS THINGS YA OUGHTA KNOW This year's Members' Forum presents an assortment of some of today’s most important topics relevant to licensed members and their practices. The Members' Forum will provide updates on the progress of the new model for the accreditation of veterinary facilities. All licensed members will be interested in a report on the legislative reform recommendations. Also, there will be an update on strategic risk which covers emerging and future risk in both the practice and regulatory environment. Your input will be welcome during roundtable discussions on telemedicine, antimicrobial stewardship, and after hours care. Bring your questions and share your insight on these hot topics. Register at to attend the Members’ Forum and Annual General Meeting! Rabies and Reporting Bites CLARIFICATION ON REQUIREMENT TO REPORT BITES Regulation 557 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act requires a veterinarian to report to the local Medical Officer of Health, as soon as possible, knowledge of any bite or other animal contact that may result in rabies in a person. The veterinarian determines if the nature of the animal contact could result in the transmission of the rabies virus to the person. For example, transmission can occur with a bite or scratch that results in an open wound or in other situations where there is contact between an animal’s saliva, cerebral spinal fluid or brain tissue through either an open wound or mucous membranes. All of these situations in which rabies virus transmission to persons could occur must be reported. If the animal contact does not meet this criteria for transmission of rabies, then the veterinarian does not need to report. Animal blood or urine does not serve as a vehicle for the transmission of rabies virus. If the veterinarian determines that the animal contact could result in transmission of rabies to the person, they are required to report, regardless of the likelihood of rabies disease in the biting animal. An animal’s rabies vaccination status, clinical history, behaviour, and current health status does not preclude the legal requirement for a veterinarian to report a bite or other contact that may result in rabies in a person. As a result, even provoked bites by fully vaccinated animals must be reported under Regulation 557. Domestical animal exposure to rabies: Under the federal Health of Animals Act, rabies is still a reportable disease in Canada; however, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is no longer involved in field response to suspected rabies cases or exposures. Submission of a sample to the CFIA rabies laboratory is considered a “report”. In cases involving potential human exposure to rabies, sample collection and submission is the responsibility of the local public health unit. In cases of potential domestic animal exposure to rabies, veterinarians can contact the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for assistance with risk assessments, sample submission and post-exposure management of animals. Winter 2018 / 3