Court issues order concerning animal dentistry
Following an extensive investigation, the College of Veterinarians of Ontario obtained an Order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Monday, March 24, 2014 preventing non-veterinarians, except those who are supervised by a licensed veterinarian, from providing, or offering to provide, so-called “anaesthesia-free dental cleaning”, including “scaling, polishing and anti-bacterial gum treatment”. The Order was obtained on consent against Jill Thompson and her business, Pup Star.
Consistent with its Position Statement on Veterinary Dentistry, the College has long taken the position that veterinary dentistry includes, among other things, cleaning animals’ teeth (other than simply brushing and flossing), and that only veterinarians may practise veterinary dentistry. Expert evidence supported the College’s position that permitting non-veterinarians to provide veterinary dentistry including dental hygiene creates serious risks to animals.
Specifically, the Order obtained by the College states:
THIS COURT ORDERS the Respondents, Jill Thompson, personally, and Jill Thompson, carrying on business as Pup Star, and any employees of Jill Thompson (collectively, “Pup Star”) comply with section 11 of the Veterinarians Act and, in particular, that Pup Star refrain from:
i. engaging in the practice of veterinary medicine, including the scaling or polishing of the teeth of an animal, and performing dental hygiene on an animal, although brushing, flossing and spraying a non-clinical breath spray are not prohibited,
ii. holding itself out as engaging in the practice of veterinary medicine.
The College acts in the public interest and has been specifically granted the authority, by statute, to obtain Orders preventing non-veterinarians from practising veterinary medicine. If a member of the public is of the view that a non-veterinarian is practising veterinary medicine, they are encouraged to contact the College at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College launches antimicrobial project
The College of Veterinarians of Ontario is launching a project to study the use of antimicrobial pharmaceuticals among food animal veterinarians.
The College was approved for funding assistance through Growing Forward 2 (GF2) to explore the use of antimicrobials and how the current practice of Ontario veterinarians incorporates the prudent use guideline established by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) in 2009.
The results of the study will detail current prescribing practices and identify key challenges veterinarians face in adhering to the CVMA’s national guideline.
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Rabies response activities
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has adjusted some of its activities related to rabies. As of April 1, 2014, the CFIA will no longer be conducting rabies response activities including investigation sampling, and post-exposure management.
For further details, the following information has been provided by:
the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and
the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.