College Connection Winter 2018 - Page 4

college connection POLICY NEWS COUNCIL COVERS A RANGE OF POLICY TOPICS IN DECEMBER Products not requiring a prescription guidance on the use of forms of energy. Current forms of energy used in practice include cryotherapy, shock-wave, laser and ultrasound. At the December meeting, Council decided to develop a policy statement concerning the sale of non-prescription veterinary substances and products. Currently, a veterinarian is required to establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) and conduct either a physical exam or a farm visit before prescribing a drug, substance or product for an animal. This requirement has been a source of frustration for the public and veterinarians as certain products are readily available at retail outlets. Council has previously considered various options for veterinary substances or products and whether they require a VCPR. Recently, the prescribing and dispensing working group discussed the topic and determined there is value in a client obtaining products from a veterinarian who is knowledgeable about a product and can provide counselling to the client within a VCPR. The working group also suggested a veterinarian needs to be held to a higher standard than a general retailer and dispensing a product should include client counselling. The draft policy will outline what can be sold without a prescription, the requirement to establish a VCPR, who can sell non- prescription veterinary products, what information on the transaction is needed in the At a meeting later this year, Council will be provided with an analysis on the the use of forms of energy in the treatment of animals, associated risks, and strategies for risk mitigation. Rabies Programs medical record, and any follow-up obligations for a veterinarian. The practice of veterinary medicine needs to be at the forefront of daily operations of accredited veterinary facilities. Clinics and hospitals are not intended to operate as pharmacies and/or retail locations. Watch for a draft policy statement on the sale of non-prescription veterinary substances and products to be reviewed by Council this spring. Forms of energy In serving the public interest, the College manages the risks involved in the practice of veterinary medicine and seeks to reduce the potential for harm to animals and people. The use of forms of energy in the treatment of animals has been identified as a risk that requires Council’s attention. The College does not have any policy The College is proud to support veterinarians in efforts to increase the number of animals who are vaccinated for rabies and, as a result, reduce the risk of human exposure to the rabies virus. Through its Professional Practice Standard: Rabies Programs, Council permits the administration of rabies vaccines at unaccredited or accredited veterinary facilities without a veterinarian-client-patient relationship. The standard contains multiple expectations connected with the delivery of rabies programs in this manner. It has been suggested by veterinarians that the Rabies Programs may pose a risk to the health and welfare of animals. The Accreditation Committee reviewed these concerns and proposed changes to the standard. The standard has been revised to include the necessity that vaccines are stored appropriately to maintain safety and efficacy. The revised standard can be found at rabies. RECENT DISCIPLINE SUMMARIES NOW POSTED The outcomes of discipline hearings are public information and are intended to provide a greater understanding of the veterinary profession’s accountability to the public. Summaries are posted on the College website ( and findings are noted on the Public Register. Disciplinary decisions are available by contacting the College. The following discipline summary was recently posted: 4 / College Connection Dr. Alaa Aziz As a result of the uncontested professional misconduct hearing on June 22, 2018, the member was suspended for three months and completed mentorship sessions focused on assessments, treatment and post-operative care. The College investigation found the member’s handling of a cat’s medical procedures fell below the standard expected by the College. The member proceeded with an aggressive treatment path without the client’s informed consent. In addition to the suspension and mentorship, the member completed a learnings paper and was assessed by a peer each month following his return to practice. The member is required to pay costs to the College of $5,000. Read a full summary on this case at: