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college connection ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP IS A WRITTEN PRESCRIPTION REQUIRED? As of December 1, 2018, Health Canada moved all medically important antimicrobials to the prescription drug list. All animal owners will need to have a prescription from a veterinarian to purchase antimicrobials to treat their animals. The College has received inquiries from veterinarians for clarification on providing prescriptions and whether all antimicrobials require a written prescription. A written prescription (or script) is only required when the intent is for the client to have the drug dispensed at a pharmacy of their choice. When the veterinarian is both prescribing and dispensing the drug, a written prescription is not necessary. Veterinarians are required to document the information in the animal’s medical record as outlined in the Professional Practice Standards Prescribing a Drug and Dispensing a Drug. When antibiotics are to be added to feed at a feed mill, the veterinarian provides a written prescription for this purpose. Templates for feed prescriptions have been developed by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and are available as a resource on the College’s website at cvo.org. Use of these templates is optional. STEWARDSHIP RESOURCES AVAILABLE CVMA launches online platform The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) Guidelines for Veterinary Antimicrobial Use is an online platform to support Canada’s veterinarians in making sound decisions on the appropriate and responsible use of antimicrobials in animals. The platform provides a searchable interface with filtering capabilities for quicker access to information on antimicrobial use. It also allows for frequent information updates and the addition of new resources to ensure it represents the latest in guidance and science- based knowledge. The platform is accessible from a variety of devices, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones). The platform covers six species groups: • • • • • • Beef Swine Dairy Small Ruminants (sheep) Poultry Companion animals (canine, feline) Who Can Access? All licensed veterinarians in Canada have been granted access to the platform until April 1, 2019. After that, only active CVMA members will have full access. www.canadianveterinarians.net/AMU-UAM Farmed Animal Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiative The Farmed Animal Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiative (FAAST) is another resource that aims to tackle resistance head on through education, collaboration, and engagement across the value chain. An initiative of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), FAAST helps Ontario veterinarians, farmed animal owners, and their representative organizations: • • • improve antimicrobial stewardship in farmed animals prepare for upcoming policy and regulatory changes, and preserve the efficacy of antimicrobials without compromising animal health or food safety Veterinarian FAASTsheets provide veterinarians with the tools they need to be leaders in antimicrobial stewardship. www.amstewardship.ca COUNCIL AMENDS BY-LAWS PERTAINING TO INVESTMENT Council strengthened its By-Law 4.08 to ensure the College’s investment strategies assure the preservation of its capital accompanied by modest fund growth when the financial sector is stable. With the advice of RBC Dominion Securities, Council proposed a change to the By-Law which would limit any high risk options of investment strategy and increase safety in the investment options. At its December meeting, Council reviewed input received during the 65-day public consultation on the draft By-Law change. The consultation feedback was generally favourable and supportive of tightening the College’s investment options. Suggested amendments were discussed with the College’s financial advisor and presented to Council. Council reviewed the consultation feedback and approved the amendment with the addition of the word “Canadian” in section (i). Please visit the College website at www. cvo.org/public-consultations to review the report on the consultation. The revised By-Laws can be found at www. cvo.org/bylaws. Winter 2018 / 7