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Equine Dental Services Alert

We have received information that a non-veterinarian is offering non-sedation equine dental services in the Pemberton area in late April. We are in the process of contacting that individual to ascertain whether the services will be offered under the supervision of a veterinarian. 

The CVBC’s position on anyone other than a registrant offering to float horse’s teeth and offering “dental services” is found
herePlease refer to additional materials on this website under Public Protection/Unauthorized Practice/InjunctionsIf you have any questions, please contact the office.


Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease
On March 2, 2018, it was initially reported that Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) had been identified in the feral rabbit population in the Nanaimo area. To date, all cases have been in feral European rabbits; no cases have been identified in domestic or native rabbits.

RHD is highly contagious and spreads easily via various contaminated substances and surfaces (clothing, shoes, etc.). It is also very resistant in the environment and within the carcasses of dead rabbits. Strict biosecurity is key for the prevention of spread to other rabbits. We encourage you to follow these links to a very thorough Fact Sheet on RHD and a document on Rabbit Biosecurity Protocols. RHD is an "immediately notifiable disease", defined by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as "exotic to Canada for which there are no control or eradication programs." Please familiarize yourself with the full explanation on their website.

For further information on how the investigation is proceeding, inquiries on sample submissions or to be put in touch with other veterinarians who are trying to coordinate a group vaccine order, please contact the Wildlife Veterinarian with the FLNRO, Dr. Helen Schwantje at

***MARCH 27, 2018 UPDATE***
The College has received notice from the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) of BC (Dr. Jane Pritchard) that the Canadian Centre of Veterinary Biologics (CCVB) has agreed to allow importation of an unlicensed vaccine to BC, but that it must be organized through a single importer for further distribution to Canadian veterinarians. The CCVB is making an exception and allowing the CVO to take the lead role in importing the vaccine for distribution to individual veterinarians. The order will be received and distributed by the Animal Health Centre in Abbotsford, BC. 

Any veterinarians wanting to order vaccine doses must submit a request to the CVO indicating the names and addresses of each veterinarian (and practice) placing an order, as well as the number of vials being ordered via e-mail to

Costs of Vaccines (does not include shipping and packaging):
1. Blister pack of 10 individual dose vials = 120 Euros = $191.59 or $20/dose. The single dose vaccine batch will have an expiry date of April 8, 2019. 
2. Cardbox of one 50-dose multi-dose vial = 65 Euros = $103.78 or $2.10/dose. The 50-dose vial will expire September 28, 2018 or 2 hours after reconstitution.

For every dose administered by the veterinarian, the CVO will require a signed vaccination certificate (a template for the certificate will be provided by the CVO) that is signed by both the veterinarian administering the vaccine and the client (acknowledging that this is an unlicensed product); the signed certificate will need to be scanned/emailed or faxed back to the CVO.

***APRIL 11, 2018 UPDATE***
RHD has been confirmed in feral rabbits in Delta, Comox and Richmond. The Animal Health Centre in Abbotsford has had 23 submissions related to this disease outbreak to date with 11 positive (all from feral rabbit communities) and 6 negative. Some submissions consisted of more than one rabbit. Results are pending on 6 cases at this time, some of which are pet and commercial rabbits. This disease does not affect humans and only affects rabbits, no other animals. The strain in BC appears to be highly virulent and easily spread with a short incubation period. It also may infect rabbits less than 30 days of age unlike most other strains. 

The test for confirming RHD is available at the provincial veterinary diagnostic lab in Abbotsford (Animal Health Centre). Submission forms are available on the website. Testing for just RHD is being carried out without charge. If further testing or a complete necropsy was needed fees, as explained on the website, will apply.

***APRIL 17, 2018 UPDATE***
RHD has been confirmed in feral rabbits in the Parksville area.

RHD Statement (April 16, 2018)


Feline Declaw Survey Results

Thank you for your participation in our recent Feline Declaw Survey. Council has reviewed your responses and is in the process of determining the best course of action to take. We appreciate your patience in awaiting this action. If you are interested in seeing the survey results, they can be viewed below.
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New Deputy Registrar

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Stacey Thomas, DVM, as the new Deputy Registrar appointed by Council.


Practice Standards and Notices

Please familiarize yourself with the recently published Professional Practice Standards below which are enforceable upon notification (unless specified otherwise).

Dec. 2017   Controlled Drugs
Dec. 2017  Medical Records – General
Dec. 2017  Medical Records – Companion Animals (revised Jan. 2018)
 Jan. 2018  Notice of “24/7” Signage and Advertising Change (see also Apr. 2017 Advertising)
 Jan. 2018  Thermoregulation (revised Mar. 2018)

Please refer to the Legislation Standards and Policy page for all Standards, Guidelines, Policies and Notices.


Annual Registration Fees

Fees were due on December 31, 2017. If you have not yet paid, your licence to practise veterinary medicine ceased as of December 31, 2017. Practising without licensure could expose you to risk of complaints, civil action, denial of insurance coverage, unauthorized practise proceedings, and licensure reapplication and penalty fees.


Cat Declawing (Feline Partial-Digital Amputation) Statement

Recently, veterinarians have contacted the College with various opinions relating to the issue of cat declawing. The Council of the College of Veterinarians of BC began its consideration of this important animal welfare issue at its January 20, 2018 meeting. Council will give careful consideration to the enactments and research from other jurisdictions and will develop a detailed survey to obtain the profession’s valuable feedback. Council is committed to addressing this issue in a thoughtful and timely manner.